Isakale
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Join date: Mar 2013
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#1
I know extremely little about electric instruments, so please forgive my ignorance... :]

I was just wondering... Does the length of the 1/4 by 1/4 chord from a guitar to an amp increase latency depending on how long it is?

I bought two 10 foot chords, but it turns out I really only need 5 foot ones. Is it worth sending these one back and ordering 2 5 foot chords, or does it not make a difference? (Or such an extremely small different that it is not noticeable?)

Thanks!!!
Cavalcade
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#2
Electric signals move really, really fast. To give you an idea of how fast it is, the transit speed in coaxial cables is usually measured relative to the speed of light. The change in latency caused by a longer cable won't be noticeable.
AcousticMetal99
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#4
Pretty sure electrical signals move at about 60 - 80mph.
Point is still though, if they are good cables, then they shouldn't cause much latency anyway.
It'll be a few milliseconds you've added perhaps, certainly nothing more, but it really shouldn't matter much.
roaraudio
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#6
Quote by Cavalcade
Electric signals move really, really fast. To give you an idea of how fast it is, the transit speed in coaxial cables is usually measured relative to the speed of light. The change in latency caused by a longer cable won't be noticeable.

^This.

Side note You only really start to get latency when and the chain is like this
guitar > amp > air > microphone > ADC > DAW > (NOW RETURNING) > DAC > headphones. And it's mostly due to the digital-analog/analog-digital conversion thats going on.
Cavalcade
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#7
Quote by roaraudio
guitar > amp > air > microphone

The latency for this whole part of the signal chain will barely even exist, unless your mic is on the other side of a football field from the amp.

American or European football.
chatterbox272
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#8
Quote by Cavalcade
American or European football.

What about Aussie Rules?
roaraudio
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#9
Quote by Cavalcade
The latency for this whole part of the signal chain will barely even exist, unless your mic is on the other side of a football field from the amp.

American or European football.

Not debating that but I was just referring to the whole signal flow in general.
DisarmGoliath
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#11
Quote by AcousticMetal99
Pretty sure electrical signals move at about 60 - 80mph.
Point is still though, if they are good cables, then they shouldn't cause much latency anyway.
It'll be a few milliseconds you've added perhaps, certainly nothing more, but it really shouldn't matter much.

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#12
Quote by DisarmGoliath
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