I recently purchased Cubase Essential 5 and I want to record guitar directly. The guitar plugs in okay, and it all sounds good, however when I play it, I get a bit of latency which is very off putting. I’m inputting via the M-Audio Audiophile Delta 2496 sound card due to its MIDI input/output and using the Creative SoundBlaster Audigy [CC80] sound card as an output because for some reason when I take out the SB Audigy sound card, the computer refuses to turn on.
I’m using the ASIO Full Duplex driver (as this is the only driver which will include both sound cards) and my buffer size on both input and output is on 550 (on these settings, the input latency is 87.302 ms and the output latency is 3.968 ms) If I put it down to 512 (which is the lowest it will possibly go) all I can hear is snapping and crackling and popping, even when playing back what I’ve recorded via a keyboard connected with MIDI. I have the guitar connected to the M-Audio sound card into the M-Audio Delta AP 1/2 - 1 and M-Audio Delta AP 1/2 - 2. I notice that the crackling and popping vanishes slightly when turning off the Wi-Fi etc, but it’s still slightly annoying. One more thing, I’m recording analog with it, just to clear that up.
I’m using a Line 6 POD 2.0 as the amp sim I think it’s called, just to get a good tone directly. The PC I’m using is a Dell 8400 with Windows XP professional 32 bit, etc. All in my signature.
Any help would be appreciated! How can I get a high quality very low latency guitar recording with this equipment? And if not, what other equipment will I need? I have a low budget (being how generous mama is feeling). I bought it all in the “knowledge” that it was very low latency, but so far it’s only been so generous. If you need any more info in order to help, I’m, er … happy to help.