Can someone explain Misha's low latency monitoring technique (Video Example)

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  1. 777

    777 SS.Org's Irish Guy

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    Jan 14, 2006
    He kind of glossed over it, but from what I understand he's set up a monitoring track which has less latency than all the rest?

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  2. nickgray

    nickgray Regular

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    Dec 29, 2008
    No idea what he did, he didn't explain it very well.

    In a nutshell, you have two options. If your sound card has a direct monitoring option, this simply allows you to route an input directly into an output, the signal doesn't go into your computer, and so there's no software-related latency. Literally, you just get to hear whatever input you've plugged into your sound card directly, the sound card acts like a hardware mixer.

    The second option is for the signal to go to your computer. There's an input latency associated with it, and an output latency (the sum of two is called the roundtrip latency). In addition, some VSTs can add extra latency, for example a limiter with a lookhead option will deliberately add some latency. If you want to avoid this type of latency - either bypass the VST, or disable whatever parameter is causing the latency, or maybe (and I'm guessing this is what Sonarworks does) you can just split the routing somehow - one route will bypass the offending VST while tracking, the other route will go through that VST during playback.

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