First of all, well hello!
So as some of you may know I have been using Cubase for 20+ years, and on the forums for about 20. Less recently than from 1998-2015. Now I find myself on these Zoom calls with coworkers, and the sound is better than WebEx, but it’s still kinda terrible.
These apps deploy sloppy noise gating, built in “echo cancellation” (which seems essentially to be a feedback suppressor–non-optional half-duplex ducker mixed with bad-sounding downsampling) and then of course, none of these boring business apps implement the ASIO standard, so even if you have a good card that can give you 1.5ms or 3ms of latency, you can’t even use it in these kinds of apps. And of course, you can’t use VST compatible plugins in them either.
Part of the problem is that I just want to torture my work colleagues with insert channels packed with all the UAD, Waves, VST native and other plugins I’ve bought over the years.
But also my wife is a singer who loves doing duets, and she is trying to do remote karaoke duets with friends on zoom, and due to BAD default WDM audio drivers as well as inevitable network latencies through VOIP servers, the lag is just bad there as well.
Why is there no P2P VOIP, or is there? If 2 people in the same city have Gigabit internet, I would think they should be able to get < 12-24ms latency, when you add the innate DSP latency of an ASIO-capable teleconference, and then maybe 6-12ms latency across the cloud.
It might be overkill but can something like VST Connect be used for fun stuff like karaoke? Sorry pretty OOTL on audio products lately. Not much music, tons of day job.