June 30, 2010 12:42 PM Subscribe
Electronic musicians: help a brother out with MIDI and latency issues?
posted by echo target to computers & internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently picked up an Axiom 49 MIDI controller and I'm messing around with it in Ableton Live (Lite for now, might upgrade later). I installed ASIO4ALL and got my latency down to five or six ms with the built-in soundcard on my Lenovo laptop. Things mostly work fine, but when I play some of the more complex MIDI voices that Ableton has, the sound cuts and crackles and is generally terrible. I can fix this to some extent by increasing the buffer size, but obviously this hurts the latency.
Am I correct to think that I need an external audio interface to play MIDI smoothly? Do I need a shiny new one with fancy features, or can I pick up a used Fast Track or something?
I might want to record a bit in the future, but I won't need to multitrack. Right now I just want to run MIDI instruments and effects.