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Setting Latency

Naturally, you want the lowest latency settings possible for your sound card. The only way to find the best settings is trial and error: setting the latency value lower and lower until the computer introduces clicks and pops and dropouts or excessive static into the audio. Keep in mind that there is also an insurmountable trade-off between lower latency and higher CPU use. These days, you can usually use the most aggressive latency settings because CPUs are so powerful, but if you seem to be surprisingly short on CPU bandwidth, consider bumping up your latency setting by a few milliseconds.

To set the latency for your sound card

1.
From the Devices menu in Cubase, select Device Setup.

2.
In the panel that opens, select VST Multitrack (Figure 1.14).

Figure 1.14. Selecting VST Multitrack in the Devices panel.


3.
Click the Control Panel button (Figure 1.15).

Figure 1.15. Click to open the control panel for the currently selected audio interface.


The window for configuring your sound card settings opens (Figure 1.16).

Figure 1.16. The control panel is set to 3 milliseconds of latency. The control panel for your card will probably be different, but it should have options for setting latency.


4.
Set the sound card latency in the sound card control panel and click OK to close the panel.

5.
Click OK in the Cubase Device Setup panel to commit the changes to your Cubase setup.


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