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Chapter 3. Customizing SONAR > Optimal Audio Settings

Optimal Audio Settings

When SONAR plays back digital audio on your computer, it puts a lot of stress on the system. Remember when I talked about digital audio in Chapter 1? A CD-quality digital audio recording requires 44,100 numbers (samples) to be processed every second. During playback, most of your computer’s processing power is used solely for that purpose. Depending on the power of your system, this processing can make the response of some of SONAR’s controls a bit sluggish, particularly the Console view controls. For example, if you adjust the volume of a digital audio track in the Console view during playback, you might experience a slight delay between the time you make the adjustment and the time you hear the results. As I mentioned earlier, this period is called latency, and you’ll want as little of it as possible to occur during your sessions.

SONAR provides a number of different advanced settings that enable you to reduce latency. The first time you start the program, it attempts to make some educated guesses about what these settings should be, and although these settings usually work just fine, you still might be able to squeeze better performance out of your computer system. However, adjusting these settings can be tricky and unfortunately, there are no set rules. There are, however, some general guidelines you can follow to optimize your audio settings for the best possible performance.


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