The Truth About Digital Audio Latency

An explanation of latency from our friends at Presonus.

PreSonus | Learn – The Truth About Digital Audio Latency: “Roundtrip latency in digital-audio applications is the amount of time it takes for a signal (such as a singing voice or a face-melting guitar solo) to get from an analog input on an audio interface, through the analog-to-digital converters, into a DAW, back to the interface, and through the digital-to-analog converters to the analog outputs. Any significant amount of latency can negatively impact the performer’s ability to play along to a click track or beat — making it sound like they’re performing in an echoing tunnel (unless they have a way to monitor themselves outside of the DAW application, such as a digital mixer or one of our AudioBox™ VSL-series interfaces).”