Minimum reasonable latency Was: Re: ZynAddSubFX was: Re: [linux-audio-dev] some new soundfiles on-line

Tim Goetze tim at
Thu May 19 12:44:10 UTC 2005

[Jens M Andreasen]
> A "synthesist" (that's my scenario), who can't hear *anything* before
> the end of the pipe, would be very sensitive to jitter (the deviation,
> or "sloppyness", between triggers and actual sound) and would therefore
> require the smallest of small buffers.

Trading jitter for constant latency can work well for some, too.

Unfortunately the increasingly popular MIDI over USB connections 
already introduce a millisecond of jitter, so if you're already 
working at a blocksize of 64 at 44.1 or faster it's not worth the 

Cheers, Tim

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