SaschaFranck Posted July 10, 2020 Share Posted July 10, 2020 Ok, I'm wondering now. Or venting off. Or whatever... Latency of the Helix as an audio interface is all the way on par with the worst of the worst interfaces on the market. Under macOS, at 44.1kHz and 64 samples buffersize, roundtrip latency is 16.9ms (measured manually - but also reported by Logic). Seriously, that's as bad as it gets. And here comes the kicker: When using it without the dedicated driver as a class compliant interface through Core Audio (which is unfortunately causing some issues here and there and not a parallel option anymore for whatever weird reasons since firmware 2.8 I think...), the resulting latency figures are *way* lower, IIRC (can't be bothered to delete the driver at the moment) something around 9ms. Usually, whenever audio interfaces come with their own driver, the RTL figures are better compared to using Core Audio (or ASIO4All under Windows), with the Helix it's the opposite. IMO this shows a clear lack of effort in the driver development department. Even my Zoom G3 comes up with less latency, the Boss GT-10 too. Add to this that, while causing some issues, things such as crackles or so in recordings aren't happening when using the Helix in class compliant mode (these would usually be a reason to raise the internal "safety buffers"). I'm absolutely fine with mediocre driver performance on a unit which isn't meant to be a professional audio interface in the first place - but as being an audio interface is at least a rather large part of the "Helix idea" (otherwise we wouldn't see all the USB routing options and such), it should defenitely not deliver the worst performance, either. To give you an idea: Most interfaces in the 100 bucks realm offer around half the roundtrip latency at the same settings, my €200 Zoom UAC-2 goes down to 5.9ms. As is, it's completely impossible for me to have any fun with, say, a software amp sim. Heck, it's so bad that discriminating keyboard players would complain about just the output latency (around 9ms plus input MIDI latency), let alone drummers triggering some samples. Time to give the driver development some love I'd say. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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