Some of us suffer from MIDI recorded earlier than it should. Its been a quite big discussion here on this forum on this topic and finally we´ve get to differnetiate 2 different problems:
The amount the “earlyness” of the MIDI is directly related to the latency value. This is caused because Cubase records the note when the key is actually pressed, not when the VSTi plays the note. This leads to people trying to compensate by playing early and thus the MIDI gets recorded early too. Steinberg already said they are gonna introduce a switch on the next major update to make this behaviour change so hopefully people complaining about this will have their MIDI spot on.
MIDI is recorder early no matter which latency value you are working at. This post is about this case, not the first one.
What i´d like is to get results from many users that also suffer this issue so that we can try to figure out what might be the cause of this time difference. The test is pretty easy to do: you only need cubase + a synth which also can be used as a controller or if you dont have one of this, a microphone.
The idea is to record aduio and midi at the same time and then check what is the difference between both. So you setup a session with no VSTi whatsoever, just 1 midi and 1 audio track, set the correct inputs hit record and try to record on the beat following the click (thats optional but if you record this way you can see clearly if the midi was always before the click or not). If you are too lazy to setup the session, just download this:
And chose the apropiate inputs. If you dont have a synth/controller you can do as i did and record the sound of the keys bieng stroke with your fingers (i used AKAI pads since the sound had more attack than weighted keys).
If the difference is somehwere between 1-2 ms it should be fine. Greater values will start to get annoying.
And thats it. I am pretty sure there´s a combination of hardware + Cubase that causes this, cause , as said earlier, doesnt happen on every machine so you cant blame Cubase only. If we all give our specs maybe we get to something. Steinberg doesnt seem to want to get involved on investigating about this this so i really hope some of you make the test!
7-8 ms difference , pics here --> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/54950124/Cubase%20test_2.rar
(128 and 4096 are the buffer settings but you can see it makes no difference)
SPECS: M-audio Keystation Pro 88, TC KONNEKT 6, Intel Core Quad q8300@2,50Ghz, ASUS P5QL PRO, 8 GB RAM
I am specially interested in people who use a TC KONNEKT 6: please run the test and post here, even if the result was within 1-2ms range!