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Chapter 1. Installing & Configuring Cuba... > Monitoring Through Cubase SX 2

Monitoring Through Cubase SX 2

The simplest way to monitor is through Cubase, but it's the method with the most potential latency problems. For example, as your drum loop plays, you play along on your bass. The signal goes from the bass through a preamp to shape the tone and raise the level, and then it goes to the sound card on your computer. The sound card converts the analog signal to digital data, and Cubase records what you play. Cubase also plays back what you are playing through the main outputs so you can hear it.

Let's say the lowest latency at which your sound card will work reliably is 18 milliseconds. This means that when you pluck the bass string, it takes 18 milliseconds for the sound card to get the digital signal into Cubase, and then 18 more milliseconds to get the sound back to the outputs from which you are monitoring it. In other words, you will hear yourself playing the bass 36 milliseconds later than if you were just playing live through an amplifier. That might not seem like much, but in practice it's way too high for a good performance, because the two sounds will play back at slightly different times.


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