[linux-audio-user] latency

Paul Winkler pw_lists at slinkp.com
Fri Mar 12 16:02:27 EST 2004

On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 11:58:59AM -0600, Benjamin Flaming wrote:
> On Friday 12 March 2004 12:17 pm, Polashek, Matthew wrote:
> > Interesting idea, however I don't feel that any problems are solved by
> > doing that.  I am interested in using only one mixer for both monitors and
> > mains.
> >
> >
> > What do you consider "a tiny bit"?
>      Your milage will vary ;)  It depends on the positions of the monitors, 
> how loud they are, how loud the sound sources are, and how picky the 
> musicians are.  It's just that it's much harder to get away with delay in the 
> monitors than it is in the mains.

Indeed. Rule of thumb - 1 ms delay is roughly equal to the delay
caused by 1 foot of distance. Aside from messing with the musicians'
groove, a few ms delay can cause comb filtering when combined with direct 
sound from whatever the mics are pointing at. This can result in 
smeary-sounding treble and mushy bass.

Personally, for my sense of timing, I think I can put up with anything
under about 10 ms but I get really annoyed above that.


Paul Winkler
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