[LAU] Latency and USB interfaces

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Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Hi all,

Sorry for this uneducated post, but I am sure there are many people
here who know a lot more about this than me.

This discussion about the Scarlett 18i8 has got me thinking about
latency with USB devices. Is there an accepted buffer size that USB
audio interfaces should be able to use with jackd now? I do seem to be
getting xruns with 128/2 (even occasionally with 256/2 on program
startup/shutdown), but I have not made any particular effort to try to
tune my system for low-latency use.

At 64/2, the sound breaks up in a kind of electronic sounding way
(like a robot voice from the 70s), and linuxsampler (for example)
complains the buffer size is too small.. Not quite sure what's going
on there.

I had a vague idea from discussions years back that there was a hard
lower limit to usb latency, and that all devices, regardless of
quality/chipset would share the same properties in terms of latency
under USB. Presumably this is not the case any more (if it ever was??)

Also, how meaningful is the reported jackd buffer size in terms of
actual latency? When I was trying to help with fixing the kernel bug
on my 2i4, I was told that the actual time between i/o packets was
actually much lower than what was reported by jackd. Could this really
be true?

James
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Messages in current thread:
[LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, James Stone, (Wed Jan 8, 4:54 pm)
Re: [LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, Robin Gareus, (Wed Jan 8, 5:35 pm)
Re: [LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, Tim Goetze, (Thu Jan 9, 11:31 am)
Re: [LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, Clemens Ladisch, (Thu Jan 9, 12:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, Tim Goetze, (Thu Jan 9, 1:26 pm)
Re: [LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, Clemens Ladisch, (Fri Jan 10, 7:48 am)
Re: [LAU] Latency and USB interfaces, James Stone, (Fri Jan 10, 10:31 am)