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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:47 am    Post subject: Firewire/ASIO Driver/Latency Issue Reply with quote

Okay, so i got my firewire interface yesterday. i'm running a dual core pentium at like 2.8GHZ or summit with 4gb RAM, silly cuz it's a 32 bit OS, but oh well...anyway, it's a kick ass little interface but i'm having a fuck of a time tracking vocals. there's a very noticable lag if i have the input echo on, and if i don't, cakewalk takes over and i don't hear myself in the cans when i sing.

WTFuck?

how cans i fix this?
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not very familiar with pcs, but here are a few protips:

Shut everything down except your music software

check the audio buffer in your software. Bigger buffer = smoother playback/longer lag. smaller buffer = shorter lag/possible dangerous clipping and shitting out.

check yr hard drive rpms. Some are simply too slow to handle live tracking. Like, if you bought a laptop and you didnt pay a bunch of extra money to get a decently speedy hard drive.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you let Cakewalk "take over", is there a button somewhere in the interface to allow monitoring for that track? I haven't used Cakewalk in a long time, but I remember there was a track-specific button that had to be clicked to arm the track and allow live monitoring.

To take aen's suggestions a little further: if you think it might be a hardware-fighting-the-software issue and are running XP, Sweetwater has a great guide about optimizing XP. There have also been a few articles on this subject in Sound On Sound.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the response guys. i'm pretty sure i've narrowedit down the whole "input monitoring" thing. the interface itself is rad, but the software you use for it is kinda shitty. i could fix it by basically turning off the playback on the interface so all i'm hearing in the cans is the processed signal, but alas there's no control for that in the little bitch software that comes with it...so i might have to get creative and somehow "interrupt" the signal before it hits the interface so I can get raw, unprocessed audio to the cans, and then still get the audio to the interface...POOPOO.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wut did u gets.?
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sloan wrote:
wut did u gets.?


tapco link.firewire...

i think i'm going to try finding the WDM drivers and running the mic signal into my little mixer first...something tells me i'm inthe marker for a more hard core mixer goddamnit.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

get firewire 800 and asio4all
fixes all issues
at eeast for me
and one of my devices is scsi
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

serfx wrote:
get firewire 800 and asio4all
fixes all issues
at eeast for me
and one of my devices is scsi


oooh! that might just do teh trick.
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