Driver Error Compensation



I'm a bit confused about the Device Delay Compensation function.

1. Is it the same thing as Driver Error Compensation?

2. Do I need it for a recording-setup?

3. What's the best way to set it up?






MBP Early 2011, Tascam US-224, Live 8.2.2 Suite




elicee 7 years ago | 0 comments

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  • rbmonosylabik
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    Yes, they are the same.

    Recording is its main use. When Live records audio, it then tries to place the beginning of the recording based on the latency info it gets from your soundcard, which might not be perfectly accurate. This results in the recording being misplaced by a few milliseconds, which can cause timing issues.

    The easiest way to set it up is using Live's built in lesson on it. Go to the Help Menu and select Help View. Under Lessons, click Show All Built-In Lessons. Then, under Hardware Setup click Driver Error Compensation.

    The lesson comes with a live set which you'll use to calibrate your Driver Error Compensation. Basically, what you do is use a cable to connect your soundcard's output to its own input, then record Live's output back into itself. With DEC set to 0ms, you'll see the recording is displaced. You find out by how much it's been displaced, and that's the value you enter in your Driver Error Compensation.

    7 years ago | 1 comment
  • wkrotz
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    Should a negative value be entered for driver error compensation value - or should be reset to zero then?

    i determined "-1.63ms" exactly following the live built in lesson (with a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 setting call "1ms" for 64samples, and an acer laptop with USB 3).
    entering a negative value is possible, and the result is two identical curves. but is a negative value (look ahead into future ...) productive and good - or should it be better left at tero value then?

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • Unit27
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    A negative value just means Live's reported latency is longer than the real latency, which means that instead of placing your recordings delayed it's more than likely cutting the beginning of your recordings. If you got a negative value leave it like that, Live will adjust your recorded audio to avoid unwanted cutting.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • Jamiewheelo
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    its a fair question imo.

    No where in the manual does it warn of the possibility of a negative value. I was led to believe a standard (non adjusted) recording would always be behind and not ahead.

    Took me forever to come to terms with the fact that my Komplete 6 audio card also requires a negative value.  


    All sorted at last tho 

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • pablorotter
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    RTFM this is like lesson number 2

    But something is different with this version...what are the menu options about? 

    Why would you turn off compensation?  If you wanted to fix it later? 

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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