If you want zero latency, then I’d recommend this equipment:
- Mackie Pro FXv3 Series – [This is the mixer. Affordable, and acceptable quality.]
- XLR Microphone Cable – [Hosa brand has always been good!]
- Mackie Big Knob Series – [This is the audio interface, which I highly recommend and use as of Mar 3, 2021!]
- Rode NT1-A – [Great microphone for recording.]
- Sony MDR7506 – [It’s important you are using closed-back headphones while recording your vocals so the music from the headphones does not bleed into the microphone! These have phenomenal reviews!]
Audio latency is definitely an on-going issue regarding recording/monitoring our music. Here’s a funny video I put together showing the problems we as producers face on a daily basis!
What is audio latency?
Well, when you record with a microphone into an audio interface, it takes time for that audio to go into your computer, record, then play back that same audio into your headphones.
There have been MANY studies/tests done on latency. (Read this article with the button below!)
And the thing is.. these companies try to sell us on “near zero latency”, but latency is still there.
Other the years latency has improved, and I’m sure it will continue to do so moving forward.
But for the time being, I’ve found buying a mixer the best solution to hear your audio, record, and hear yourself back all in real time for the time being.
Also a benefit to this, if your mixer has effects, is you can apply a bit of reverb to help the artist sing/record better since it’s not so dry/quick sounding, but not record this reverb to get the best possible performance out of the artist.
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