MIDI Keyboard Latency in USB Connection

Discussion in 'Keyboard Purchase Recommendations' started by zanshin777, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. zanshin777


    Nov 7, 2017
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    I'm about to buy Nektar Impact LX61+.

    Do I come across any Latency (Delay) problem when I connect it to the computer via USB.

    ASUS N552
    OS : Windows 10
    CPU : Intel 6700HQ
    RAM : 16GB
    HDD : Samsung 750 EVO
    DAW : Cubase 9
    zanshin777, Nov 10, 2017
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  2. zanshin777

    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

    May 30, 2012
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    GTA, Canada
    It will depend entirely on what soft synths and VSTi plugins you will be running and how much crap is loaded and resident on your computer.

    No one can predict a latency problem before plugging in a MIDI keyboard.

    Gary ;)
    happyrat1, Nov 10, 2017
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  3. zanshin777

    SeaGtGruff I meant to play that note! Moderator

    Jun 6, 2014
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    One factor is the sound card in your computer or interface-- or rather the audio driver. If you don't have a sound card with its own ASIO or similar audio drivers, you can install the free ASIO4ALL driver-- it isn't a true ASIO driver, just an emulation of ASIO, but it helps a lot. I had horrible latency on my computer-- I'd hit a key on my MIDI controller and it would take a very noticeable half second before the computer played the note-- but ASIO4ALL took care of that.

    Another factor is the buffer size you're using in your DAW or virtual instruments-- you want a smaller buffer rather than a larger one so the audiio data doesn't get held up waiting for the buffer to be filled.
    SeaGtGruff, Nov 10, 2017
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