Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

simple: does a better soundcard equal reduced latency?

Last response: in Home Audio
Share
August 9, 2004 2:20:58 AM

Archived from groups: rec.audio.pro (More info?)

I am thinking of upgrading to the Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS Platinum 2
from my current Soundblaster Live. I'm having problems with audio
latency in Cubase SX 1.2. I record a second track and it's out of
sync with the first track, and punchins are out of time. Might this
upgrade reduce latency? Any other knowledge about this soundcard?
Anonymous
August 9, 2004 2:54:46 AM

Archived from groups: rec.audio.pro (More info?)

Maybe.


Bob wrote:

> I am thinking of upgrading to the Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS Platinum 2
> from my current Soundblaster Live.

A fairly minor upgrade to be sure.



> I'm having problems with audio
> latency in Cubase SX 1.2. I record a second track and it's out of
> sync with the first track, and punchins are out of time. Might this
> upgrade reduce latency?

Maybe, but if you buy an actual real professional (or even semi-professional) soundcard you could get even lower latency (along with better sound quality.)

<http://echoaudio.com/&gt;
<http://m-audio.com&gt;
<http://rme-audio.com/english/&gt;
<http://lynxstudio.com&gt;
Anonymous
August 9, 2004 4:51:27 AM

Archived from groups: rec.audio.pro (More info?)

On 8 Aug 2004 22:20:58 -0700, fiddledd8@yahoo.com (Bob) wrote:

>I am thinking of upgrading to the Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS Platinum 2
>from my current Soundblaster Live. I'm having problems with audio
>latency in Cubase SX 1.2. I record a second track and it's out of
>sync with the first track, and punchins are out of time. Might this
>upgrade reduce latency? Any other knowledge about this soundcard?

Research to see if there are ASIO drivers available for it.




Kurt Riemann
Related resources
Anonymous
August 9, 2004 3:18:20 PM

Archived from groups: rec.audio.pro (More info?)

On Mon, 09 Aug 2004 00:51:27 -0800, Kurt Riemann <> wrote:

>>I am thinking of upgrading to the Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS Platinum 2
>>from my current Soundblaster Live. I'm having problems with audio
>>latency in Cubase SX 1.2. I record a second track and it's out of
>>sync with the first track, and punchins are out of time. Might this
>>upgrade reduce latency? Any other knowledge about this soundcard?
>
>Research to see if there are ASIO drivers available for it.


Your problems with the Live aren't caused by audio latency in the
usual sense. This is a constant delay, noticeable when monitoring an
input through Cubase's audio mixer (which is why, with a high-latency
system we DON'T monitor that way) but fully compensated for during
playback. This system may be breaking down on your computer because
you are using 44.1KHz sample rate. The SoundBlaster/Audigy cards
convert everything on-the-fly to an internal 48KHz sample rate. This
can cause havoc with timing. Have you tried setting the sample rate
to 48KHz?


There are ASIO drivers for the current Audigy cards, but they have
limitations.

A better soundcard WILL allow lower latency, but any Audigy isn't
really a better card. Look at the current price for he M-Audio
Audiophile 249. It's almost a no-brainer :-) You can run your Live
alongside it if you want the midi synth or Soundfonts. Otherwise, bin
it, or keep it for next time you build a general-purpose computer.

Or maybe, if running at 48KHz doesn't raise any other issues for you,
doing this will make everything fall into place? It's worth a try.



CubaseFAQ www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
"Possibly the world's least impressive web site": George Perfect
Anonymous
August 9, 2004 3:23:44 PM

Archived from groups: rec.audio.pro (More info?)

p.s.

news://alt.steinberg.cubase may be a better forum for your needs.


CubaseFAQ www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
"Possibly the world's least impressive web site": George Perfect
!