I recently moved and have a larger, more dedicated space to set up music equipment. I’ve spent some time organizing a lot of my gear into the various inputs/outputs of my interface and building up an Ableton Live set that allows me to send signals into and out of the interface in any order (or parallel).
For example, I can run a sample on my computer -> my modular -> pedal board -> analog heat -or- a sample -> analog heat -> pedal board -> my modular by switching around the sends and returns. I am having a lot of fun exploring these different pathways and the changes in the resulting signal.
The issue I’m running into is when I start to build up more complicated set ups (especially when the final output is made up of parallel streams of audio that have went through different paths), the resulting mix can end up sounding very doubled and sloppy because of the latency the various paths can introduce into the system.
I’ve been exploring some of Ableton’s documentation around the topic. I’ve had some luck “eyeballing” the delay compensation inputs that are available for various tracks which can mostly fix issues, but I’m curious if there are some other “tricks” out there for dealing with this kind of thing.
For my personal use case, at least for now, I don’t really care if there’s a lot of delay between what is actually “played” and what I “hear” in terms of amount of latency…I’m fine tracking instrumentation where this sort of accuracy matters in a more dry way…I’m more concerned with the relative latency differences right now.
I’m wondering if this sort of thing is something others have experimented with and might have suggestions as to what I can do or try to make things a little easier (and more creative/fun and less tedious tweaking).
And for specifics, I’m using the Saffire Pro 40 with channels running in and out of my:
- reamp box -> amp -> pedal board (gets signal from the send jack of the amp’s effects loop) -> DI’d to the interface
- joemeek preamp with a fuzz pedal in the insert chain
I have a mic on the amp’s speaker which I can mix in as another “color”
I also have an elektron heat which is doing it’s own da->ad through usb and overbridge.