Logic Pro X Tutorial: Dealing With Latency – Why Does My Guitar Sound So Delayed?

Logic Pro X Tutorial: Dealing With Latency – Why Does My Guitar Sound So Delayed?

Hey guys, you’re in the studio with again
Luke from I just have a really quick tip for you today that I think
is going to help some people out. When we sit down to record something there’s a lot
of things going on behind the scenes that happens between what we are playing and what
we are getting sent back to us through our monitors or headphones. Despite all of the
benefits of digital audio, one thing that we unfortunately still have to deal with is
the issue of ‘latency’ or in other words the small timing delays that occur between what
we play and what we hear. For guitar players, when we go to plug into an amp simulator this
can be especially frustrating if we’re mainly used to the feel and response we get from
a real amplifier. Fortunately, Logic Pro X does gives us a few different options for
dealing with latency. In this video I’m just going to highlight a couple of key tips to
keep in mind. The first thing we want to look at before
we start recording are our I/O buffer settings. We can access these up here under Preferences/Audio.
Down here we can access a drop down menu that gives us a few options to choose from. The
general idea here is that the lower the buffer setting the less latency we’re going to experience
(we can see confirmation of this here where it says ‘resulting latency’). So why don’t
we just always leave this set to the lowest possible setting? Well, because we really
have to work within the parameters that our individual system is going to allow. Logically,
the more our computer is working to reduce latency the more processing power it’s going
to need to access. If our system can’t keep up, we’re going to get a lot of resulting
playback issues from clicks and pops in our audio, to our session completely crashing
mid song (not really conducive to getting the ‘perfect’ take). So if we’re finding our system is limiting
us from getting these buffer setting as low as we’d like, does Logic give us any other
options? Well, yes it does. If I come over to the next tab you’ll see we have some settings
here for plugin latency compensation. What we are specifically interested in is this
checkbox for Low Latency Mode. What this will do is optimise our track to work within the
threshold that is selected here. Logic will essentially start dealing with anything that
is going to cause more latency than the limit we’ve set here in terms of milliseconds. Now
depending on the plugins we are using in our session, while we are in this mode, it may
start to affect how things sound and this difference could potentially range from very
subtle to fairly dramatic. So this is something we may want to engage when we are tracking
but not probably something we would want left on while mixing. Lastly, Logic has actually provided a quick
an easy way to toggle in and out of this mode. If we come up here and right click over the
control bar area we can access an number of different options here… ‘check’ Low Latency
mode… and now we have access to this control right from our main window. So that’s definitely
a handy little feature here that might help you out when you go to record your tracks.
That’s it for this video. If it has helped you out then click on the like button or leave
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next video!

Comments (88)

  1. Great Video thank you!!

  2. super useful , thanks

  3. Thanks man, I was going crazy. Thank god people post these helpful videos,

  4. i would only have that problem on vocals. #wutdafut   

    but i adjusted it. i'll try today and see what's what. 

  5. Thanks a lot for the video. Helped me much about latency problems…

  6. Exactly what I needed to understand, and really clear. Thanks!

  7. I only get latency when I'm recording guitar even with no channel setting or plugins. My i/o buffer size is 32, I use low latency, I've restarted my core audio and I still have terrible lag. It's driving me absolutely crazy! Do you have any other suggestions?? Cheers!

  8. Will using a an interface reduce this? Ive heard a friend say these help and I'm considering buying a Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 8 In/6 Out Firewire Audio Interface for both my guitar VST's and Drum VST's

  9. This also worked with microphone input and the use of a plugin on that track! Thanks so much!! I subbed.

  10. I like the video, and I know now the specifics of whats causing the problem but i'm still getting a delay from what I play and from what I hear.  Im using a guitar with irig through a 2013 imac headphone jack with Logic Pro X, and since the only way to hear the audio is with headphones, I set up a bluetooth speaker instead (braven 855s).  Could the bluetooth speaker be causing latency or should I get an iRig that plugs into a usb port?  OR are iRigs just trash?

  11. I seem to have got the opposite problem. I play my acoustic guitar via a mic to the metronome in Logic Pro. Listening to it I am ahead of the beat all the way.

  12. thank you so much …Solved a big issue for me !!!

  13. thank you so much

  14. Really straightforward and helpful, thank you.

  15. Thanks for this info!

  16. This was just what I was looking for. Thanks a bunch mate! I kinda had the idea that I could use the low latency mode but wasen´t sure if it would affect my monitor sound or the recording itself. Great tips! 🙂

  17. Thanks! It worked like a charm..

  18. Cheers Dude, you are a legend!

  19. Very good video, thank you

  20. Thanks bud, very useful video, thumbs up

  21. Great help, nice vid, thanks

  22. thank you, great video

  23. thanks for the tip, but just so you know, its not always "guys" wanting to learn this stuff….

  24. I really love your videos man.

  25. that was easy to solve. thank you!

  26. Thank you that was really helpful!!

  27. Thanks. This fixed my problem. I was about to throw my computer out into traffic.

  28. thanks! very helpful.

  29. I have a problem with the playback latency. If i press a note on my MIDI keyboard which is connected to my computer via USB 2.0, i can hear the note almost with 1 to 2 second latency after i´ve pressed the key! My buffer size is 128 and my sample rate is 44100 Hz. This happens also when recording a guitar!

  30. Busses are bypassed in LowLatency Mode?!

  31. you could skip all the talking in the beginning and cut to the case faster, thats how you should do it…vinballe

  32. appreciate the video thanks man

  33. Top tips! Thanks man.

  34. Really like the track at the end! Is that online anywhere?

  35. When you record in low latency mode to get the correct timing, the track is offbeat when you take it off

  36. can you please help me…. I have a MIDI control properly hooked up but no sound is coming out … Idk what to do

  37. fixed the problem, you're awesome!

  38. fixed the problem, you're awesome!

  39. thanks a lot broski

  40. MAAAANNNNN…That fixed a ton of issues I was having with the iPad Remote.

  41. problem solved.. Thanks!
    Short and too the point…

  42. thank you a lot for this video!!!!!

  43. thank you i love you

  44. yeah it hasn't helped, and my problem is session specific, any ideas? if i create a new session and start from scratch the problem is gone, but obviously i don't want to do this

  45. finally a very helpful video without all the other crap! thank you!

  46. Great Vid man! No B.S, straight to the point and works a treat. Nice one 🙂

  47. Thank you thank you thankyou

  48. If you track a guitar with latency, does logic push it back in to place after you've tracked it when it has time to process or does it stay delayed / late?

  49. Thanks, will try out soon…

  50. when i go to the general tab, i dont see the same list, i have no 'low latency' option there, any ideas why this might be?

  51. thank you 🙂 great video!

  52. Great video. Thank u so much.

  53. Lifesaver !

  54. thanks man very helpfull never knew this existed gonna save hours

  55. Good job men. Very helpfull

  56. click here for more ….this will not interrupt current video"

    Yes, it will

  57. i was in a logic session yesterday with no latency but today its like a whole second and low latency mode did nothing

  58. Hey buddy… thanks a looooot….

  59. my Roland keyboard is hooked up and when I go to press several keys the sound just holds. how to I fix this please.

  60. Anyone else having problems with playback after using low latency mode? Even when I do turn it off, I get tons of audio glitches (snaps, pops, cracks, etc.) when playing back. When I bounce it, there's significantly less of it, but it most definitely still exists. I've never had any big problems with my interface and latency until today, and on my older projects they play back perfectly fine.

  61. Thanks for the helpful video!

  62. Thanks a lot mate!
    I made a big mistake with upgrading my OS X to Sierra and now got a lot of problems with latency etc. but your tip really changed my situation and saved my ass!

  63. thank you…this was very helpful.

  64. I have a problem with my DAW I'm using reaper DAW, when i play my guitar i cant hear what im playing while im useing BIAS FX, I can just record the riff then i can apply the effect of BIAS, do you have any idea how to fix the problem?

  65. Thank you!!!! that handy button at the end is just what i need!

  66. This helped a lot. Thank you!

  67. that aussie accent is the sickest thing I've ever heard

  68. my delay on strumming and what I hear is terrible, I've set everything to the lowest for latency and nothing has changed, on top of that I have terrible feedback with everything. could it be my usb to guitar cable I got?

  69. Thanks.. it was really helpful 🙂

  70. 1:23 what about that Recording Delay setting directly under the "Resulting Latency" value? How come every video i watch is ignoring that? How do you use that? why can't you use that to offset latency?

  71. actual life saver….for my mac

  72. I'm having a major timing issue in Logic. All my midi and audio is recording early ahead of the beat no matter what settings I use. I did a loopback ping test with the utility I/O and my latency offset is only +1 sample so I don't know why my timing issue is impossible to get rid of. Any advice?

  73. Still has latency even with all that crap initiated.. recording on a standard Mac book pro with plugins is impossible
    you need a super computer

  74. i thought i was going insane. You helped me BIG TiME

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