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Latency introduced by outboard gear seems too high - please confirm...

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asked Jun 6, 2021 in Studio One 5 by markrousell (150 points)
edited Jun 7, 2021 by markrousell
Hi all, just a quick question regarding the latency introduced in my set up. Not sure if it's a Studio One thing, a RME thing (my interface is a Fireface 802), or simply user error on my part.

My mix template with all plugins bypassed = 0 ms latency

My mix template with all plugins bypassed + 1 instance of Pipeline activated = 94.5 ms latency

My mix template with all plugins bypassed + 2 instances of Pipeline activated = 189 ms latency

To me, that seems like a whole load of latency just to be sending an electrical signal out the D/A and back through the A/D???

These numbers are all at the highest buffer size too = 2048 samples.

Any thoughts on this would be great.


@aka_busker: Thanks for that. I've 2 units on the mix bus (a subgroup I have created that feeds the master fader).

1) Louder Than Lift Off Silver Bullet

2) TK Audio BC1-THD stereo compressor

I've not daisy-chained the units for the signal flow, each unit has it's own I/O in case I want to easily use them on other channel. A round trip of 95 ms for each unit seems crazy. Anyone else have outboard connected? What's the pipeline xt latency?

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answered Jun 6, 2021 by aka_busker (32,020 points)
Hi.  Not sure what outboard gear you are using with pipeline so o cannot comment.  There is, however, something that sprung to mind and it involves the Pro E.q.2..  If you are using the LLC mode of the pro e.q.2 it will add a heap of latency per instance.  Parallel instances don't add up but serial instances combine the LLC (linear low cut) latency.  As for your roundtrip thru pipeline xt, i don't know what kit you are using other than the interface.