Recording on a computer can sometimes result in a phenomenon called “latency” where there is a delay between the incoming audio, and the audio you hear back from Tracktion. This delay can be minimized in many different ways.
- If provided for by your audio hardware, use the “direct monitoring” feature of your audio hardware. This allows you to monitor the signal you are currently recording, before it takes a “round trip” through the Tracktion recording software. Consult the user’s manual for your audio hardware, to determine if it offers direct monitoring and how to utilize it.
- If you do choose to monitor through the recording software, set the “buffer size” of your audio hardware to a lower setting such as 64, 128, or 256 samples. In Tracktion, this can be done by clicking on settings/Audio i/o. Click on the “audio buffer size” menu to select among the different buffer sizes that are available in your particular piece of audio hardware
- In some instances, the audio hardware will require you to adjust the buffer size in the hardware’s own control panel. To do so, click on “show this device’s control panel”
- Some audio hardware will have different “device types” that can be used, with some offering better latency performance than others. In Tracktion’s Audio i/o menu, click on “audio device type” to see which device types are offered by your sound hardware. For best results, always select “ASIO” when available, as the ASIO device type offers the best latency performance
- If your selected audio device does not offer ASIO as a device type, make sure you have installed the accompanying Windows ASIO software driver, if your audio hardware was supplied with one
- If your audio hardware did not come with an ASIO software driver, another option is to install a piece of freeware called “ASIO4ALL”, Click here to download the installer for ASIO4ALL, and then once the installer is downloaded, double click the installer file to install the ASIO4ALL application.
To use ASIO4ALL, select “ASIO” as the device type, within Tracktion, for your audio hardware. ASIO4ALL will automatically launch, and if compatible with your specific audio hardware, you will now see “ASIO4ALLv2” as an option in the “devices” menu. This allows you to use your audio hardware with the lower latency provided by the ASIO device type.