Latency Tips

Whatever DAW you are using, you will suffer the effects of latency.

Latency is dependent on your computer performance, recording software, audio interface and will vary somewhat from system to system. Latency is usually most affected by the buffer size setting for your audio interface driver within your recording software program. The lower the buffer size the lower the latency. But remember, that if your buffer size is too low, it may cause pops and clicks. If the buffer size is too high, then you will have too much latency and this will reduce your overall performance. The trick is finding the happy medium.

The more tracks and plug-ins involved in your project the more processing power is required – and this will result in more latency. Although, you won't be able to eliminate latency completely, there are a few things you can do to improve the performance of your DAW.

1. Always make sure that you have the latest updates and drivers for your Hardware and DAW

2. Where possible, run the fastest hard drive (internal or external) and install the largest allowable amount of ram

3.Turn off all wireless devices, cameras and unnecessary third party USB, FireWire, and other devices

Once you have started your project, you can keep your latency down by “Bouncing” plug-in heavy tracks whenever possible so that you can “de-activate” them ( safe approach) or delete them altogether.

This way, you won't have to increase the buffer size and you can avoid CPU overload.

 Here is a link of a free utility to help you optimize your system:

Posted on April 18, 2012

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