#1
I only have an amateur setup here and it goes like this: i have a guitar which is attached to my Boss ME-25 which is then plugged to my PC via a USB cable and i seem to be suffering a significant delay which is affecting the quality of what i record by being off in the timing. I was wondering if there is some way to eliminate the delay, thanks.
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#2
Use a proper USB interface, problem gone.
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#3
Or...
Adjust the latency settings in your recording software.

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#4
USB interfaces are not that expensive. The Latency is caused by the time is takes for the computer process the sound. You can not turn down physics to simply fix latency issues.
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#5
Yeah I agree, I bought a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 a couple of months back after good reviews on here and elsewhere, cracking little unit and I get 0 latency when recording layered tracks.
Obviously I could have spent a lot more but it's perfect for what I need and I have the option of using 2 mics to record my amp.
#6
What I've done in the past is monitor direct (so I'm hearing my guitar, or my voice, or my bass..) before the computer does - pre-processing. I pick muted noise along with an eight-count (eight "click" sounds in time with the metronome), and then I dragged the wave-form to line up with the drums.

In my case I used EZDrummer, and the pre-count was a high hat. A hat and a muted "click" on your strings should line up just about perfectly.

That will eliminate latency, but you have to do it before you listen to the recording. It's kind of a pain, but it does indeed work. For those of us who live with less-than-ideal gear (given I am married and have a young son) we have to do things like this, and actually it deepens your understanding of and respect for better gear when you get it.

It's called a work-around. You might google "direct recording latency work-around" and see what pops up.

Good luck!
#7
Quote by ChemicalFire
USB interfaces are not that expensive. The Latency is caused by the time is takes for the computer process the sound. You can not turn down physics to simply fix latency issues.

exactly you can only make your computer run so fast to process the sound. which is why you have latency. even some interfaces have quite a bit of latency (i am looking at you M-Audio Mobile-Pre)


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Yeah I agree, I bought a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 a couple of months back after good reviews on here and elsewhere, cracking little unit and I get 0 latency when recording layered tracks.
Obviously I could have spent a lot more but it's perfect for what I need and I have the option of using 2 mics to record my amp.

how do you like your scarlett 2i2? i have heard mixed reviews on it. and usually the negative reviews are latency (not saying you are getting it, its prob a quality control thing that is random)
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#8
Latency is a non-issue if you do as I suggested.

Doesn't hurt to record a pre-count anyway, just in case.
#9
Not sure why buying an interface is an issue if you need to keep noise down, if you use it as a DI infact it's perfect, you can track with headphones and not make a sound.
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#10
Only problem with headphone recording is that you won't know what it sounds like in a room until later. The advantage is you could always re-amp it, though, if you were happy with something and wanted to just improve the sound of it in a mix.
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exactly you can only make your computer run so fast to process the sound. which is why you have latency. even some interfaces have quite a bit of latency (i am looking at you M-Audio Mobile-Pre)


how do you like your scarlett 2i2? i have heard mixed reviews on it. and usually the negative reviews are latency (not saying you are getting it, its prob a quality control thing that is random)


Loving it mate, no latency at all in Reaper when I record while listening to a drum track pre I've made, even with multiple layers I don't get latency. Getting the levels right is easy however there's not a huge amount of headroom when you get a decent signal, if you know what I mean but for the £100 I paid for it I can't complain at all.