Delay in Your Headphones - The Buffer Tradeoff
On some systems, reducing buffer size can cause a staticky sound. If this happens, return the buffer size to what it was previously. Get these all the time! Write to us and we'll add you to our weekly e-mail tiplist.
If there is a downside to using line-input rather than a switcher when bringing in live audio, it is latency. Latency is a very slight delay between the time audio arrives at the sound card and the time audio exits the sound card. It's brief enough to be measured in milliseconds, but it means that, if you're listening to audio coming from the sound card's line-out, while your talking is being fed into the line in, there will be a hollow, or echo-ey sound to it.
There are a couple things you can do to minimize latency.
If you do intend to monitor the output of the TuneTracker computer while talking live into it, and you find the latency distracting, you may find it works best to do without headphones and just have the volume turned up slightly on the speakers...loud enough to know you're on, but not loud enough to cause feedback.
What we prefer to any of the above approaches is to use the line-in on your TuneTracker computer strictly for taking audio from networks and other audio sources, and instead feed the output of your Tunetracker computer into a mixer on its way to your transmitter. Then, run your mic and other audio sources through the mixer. That's how many of the commercial radio stations handle it. Alternatively, you can run the TuneTracker computer's output, your mixer's output, and all other audio sources such as other studios, networks, etc., through one of our ToneTracker switchers, which gives you the most powerful, flexible arrangement of all.
Next time, we'll show you a diagram of a suggested studio setup that shows a way to set things up to optimize things for a TuneTracker computer, a mixer, and a switcher.
On some systems, reducing buffer size can cause a staticky sound. If this happens, return the buffer size to what it was previously.
Get these all the time! Write to us and we'll add you to our weekly e-mail tiplist.