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Lowest Latency AI for Mac OS 10.15
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I have a new Steinberg UR22C with my Mac using OS 10.15. I've tested it on JK at 8.8 ms latency. I can still exchange it at no cost for another AI with perhaps even lower latency (I understand that both MOTU M2 and Scarlett 2I2 are really good with latencies at around 4 ms). Is it worth it to replace AI in order to reduce latency by a few ms., or am I fine with the UR22C and 8.8 ms latency?    - Jim
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(05-21-2020, 08:07 AM)jim$p Wrote: I have a new Steinberg UR22C with my Mac using OS 10.15. I've tested it on JK at 8.8 ms latency. I can still exchange it at no cost for another AI with perhaps even lower latency (I understand that both MOTU M2 and Scarlett 2I2 are really good with latencies at around 4 ms). Is it worth it to replace AI in order to reduce latency by a few ms., or am I fine with the UR22C and 8.8 ms latency?    - Jim
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IMHO 'round 8ms is a good general score on mac.
I've seen high end (high dollar) external sound cards achieve better with dedicated software/driver.
The most common used sound cards are in that 7-9ms range in JKZ (on mac/CoreAudio) with properly tuned frame size. (as I've seen so far)

It's a bit of a shame but same sound cards score 3-5ms on Windows machines with dedicated ASIO driver.

I myself went from a high spec MBP / MR18 combination at 8.3ms (at absolute best)
To a three year old Lenovo i5 with Windows10/ASIO, same MR18 at 4.1ms

Those 4.2ms I gained are just enough to get me under the 'magical' 20ms on most 'local' connections. (Had a tight band rehearsal last night)
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(05-21-2020, 08:07 AM)jim$p Wrote: I have a new Steinberg UR22C with my Mac using OS 10.15. I've tested it on JK at 8.8 ms latency. I can still exchange it at no cost for another AI with perhaps even lower latency (I understand that both MOTU M2 and Scarlett 2I2 are really good with latencies at around 4 ms). Is it worth it to replace AI in order to reduce latency by a few ms., or am I fine with the UR22C and 8.8 ms latency?    - Jim

I have the same interface and use Windows 10 and generally get a latency of around 4ms if I have the sample rate down to the lowest it will go.
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