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WHEN YOU PLUG YOUR GUITAR INTO A COMPUTER and process the sound with amp simulators, you’ll experience latency—the time between hitting a note and hearing it. Actually, you experience it with amps, too. Sound travels at about one foot per millisecond, so if your amp is five feet away, there’s about a 5ms delay before you hear the note you just played.
The main reason for latency is the computer’s need for a sample buffer. Audio is a continuous process—you can’t have any interruptions. But computers do a zillion things at once—check the keyboard, send signals to the monitor, arbitrate priorities, etc.—so the computer stores several milliseconds of audio samples in a memory buffer. If the computer has to rush off to some other task, there’s some audio in reserve, so audio can continue streaming. If the buffer runs out of samples, your audio will crackle, pop, or die altogether. Not good. But increasing buffer size means more latency. So, you have to find the sweet spot between minimum latency and maximum reliability.Finding the Sweet Spot
The spec for latency is given either in milliseconds or samples. Milliseconds are more convenient, but most interfaces use samples. Does it matter? No, because all you care about is finding the sweet spot. So…
• Set your audio interface hardware buffer for 512 samples.
• Verify that you can play audio without it crapping out.
• Lower the audio interface latency a little bit at a time—256 samples, then 192, then 128, and so on—until the audio performance deteriorates.
• Now you know how low you can’t go. Increase the buffer size until the audio is reliable again.Latency-Decreasing Tactics
• For lowest latency on a Mac, use Core Audio interfaces. For Windows, use ASIO interfaces. (Note: Windows programs typically let you choose various interface protocols such as DirectX, MME, and WDM, but choose ASIO—never “emulated” ASIO—for the lowest latency.)
• Faster computers let you get away with lower latencies.
• A program doesn’t have lower latency just because it says it does—use your ears! Some programs list only input latency, but there’s output latency, as well.
• The more your computer has to do, the harder it is to get low latency. Running an amp sim in stand-alone mode, where the computer devotes all its resources to the sim, gives the lowest latency. Run the sim as a plug-in in a DAW that’s running a zillion tracks, plug-ins, and virtual instruments, and you’ll need to increase the sample buffer size. Savvy recordists cut guitar parts through sims early on to ensure low latency. Then, after the guitar parts are done, they increase the latency to handle a progressively more complex project.
UST Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care
Dates: 11/5/2020 – 11/5/2020
University of St.Thomas Saint Paul
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Discover how you can play an active role in shaping the future by what you do within your organization and network with other health care leaders who are dealing with similar issues. The pace of change in health care has increased exponentially since our inaugural health care conference. And by the time the second annual conference convenes, Congress will have passed its bill for health care reform. We’ll have officially begun a new journey.Fortunately, visionary leaders have been helping to shape this next phase of health care. Investments in innovation and quality have led to some very effective – and often surprising – ways to cut costs, reduce errors, increase service and satisfaction, and improve access and outcomes. Bold initiatives such as these should be shared – especially during this transformative time, when we are all looking for fresh models of excellence. The University of St. Thomas and its partners invite you to participate in an inspiring day of learning, sharing and strategizing about how we can leverage innovation and quality to thrive in the new health care environment. Book Club:November 4, 2010Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Conference:November 5, 2010Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Please visit the University of St. Thomas Executive Health Care Conference website for more information or copy and paste the following URL: http://ustfutureofhealthcare.com