Latency in Garageband

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by vindrewski, May 20, 2020.

  1. vindrewski

    vindrewski Member

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    Hi all. I know this is well covered ground. I've read many, many forum posts, watched YouTube videos, made all of the suggested adjustments and I just cannot seem to get rid of latency while recording guitars in GB. Whenever I record anything it lags behind just enough to make the take unusable.

    I've already quit all other programs, turned off the wifi, shut down the amp sims and effects, locked the other tracks, used direct monitoring and a few other things I'm forgetting. None of that has made a dent.

    I'm using a First Gen Focusrite Scarlett Solo and a 2012 MacBook Pro that has been maintained and usually runs pretty well.

    Do I need to upgrade to Logic? Do I need a new interface? Something else?
     
  2. eclecto-acoustic

    eclecto-acoustic Supporting Member

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    The first gen Scarletts are well known for causing latency problems.

    Having said that, I didn't see you mention adjusting your buffer size anywhere. Have you done that yet? Drop it down to 256 samples and below. Keep going until you have pops, clicks, and artifacts, then back it off a step.
     
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  3. vindrewski

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    Ok, not seeing where to do that, though. In some DAWs it looks like you adjust from within the app but there's not option to do that on current version of GB. I've looked in both sound and audio MIDI setup settings on the macbook and it looks like the only thing I can adjust from is the Hz.
     
  4. eclecto-acoustic

    eclecto-acoustic Supporting Member

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    You might try doing it directly from the Scarlett control panel.
     
  5. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

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    are you recording to an external drive or your system drive?
    how full is your system drive?
     
  6. vindrewski

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    System - not close to full. And I have an extra system disc installed and available.
     
  7. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

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    still, my guess is that if you are tracking to the system drive thats your problem.
    rule #1: always track to a non-system drive.
     
  8. vindrewski

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    I'll look into that executing that.

    On another note, I started a fresh project and there was no latency at all. So I did a "save as" to a project I was working on and deleted all but one track - no improvement in latency.
     

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