Episode 2: Latencies, ASIO, VST and AudacityWhy and when are the latencies problem, when you can live with them and how to fight them? Signal generally needs some time to travel through all the wires, soundcards, SW modules, etc. Sometimes this travel time is not important, but when you want to monitor your recording in real-time (maybe even with some effects!) than it is indeed crucial. ASIO (developed by Steinberg) is the typical way how to achieve low-latency recording on Windows platform. VST is not about latencies, but it's just another technology by Steinberg that is used a lot in DAW. Can Audacity work with ASIO and VST? Well... yes, but...
Still Audacity - while the good solution for some first tests - is not strong enough to be my preferred DAW. I've chosen REAPER (http://reaper.fm) because it is free to try, cheap to use ($50) and it's small, simple, yet powerful. But REAPER didn't make it into this video :-) so you have to wait for my next episode.
Audacity is free open-source project: http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Steinberg: http://www.steinberg.net/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steinberg
Audacity 1.3 new features: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/features-1.3-a
Accompanying blog post: http://virgo47.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/multi-track-home-recording-for-free/