It’s no secret that Logic Pro is a deep program. But sometimes having the world at your fingertips can be too much of a good thing.
With so many menus to dig through, it can be enticing to poke around under the hood of Logic.
But sometimes some things are better left alone.
That’s right – poking around at some features in Logic is like playing hopscotch with a bear trap…
The results just aren’t that pretty.
In fact, there are 2 Audio Preferences in particular I avoid at all costs, and would love for you to avoid as well:
- Plugin Delay Compensation (PDC)
- Recording Delay
To save you from rattling Pandora’s Box, let me show you why these 2 Logic Preferences aren’t worth the risk.
And if I were to take a guess… I bet some users hone in on PDC and Recording Delay because they’re struggling with Latency in their Logic Projects.
Latency = nasty delay in your headphones while you’re trying to record.
So in today’s video I’ll also show you the best way to squash latency while recording.
(Now you can lay down that final crucial shaker track in peace.)
If after today’s video you decide to play with these Preferences – don’t say I didn’t warn you ;P
I have used the Multithreading button before for sessions that have a lot of tracks and something is bogging down. The options are Playback Tracks & Playback & Live Tracks. My understanding is that Playback Tracks is for mixing, and Playback & Live Tracks is for tracking & recording.
Its also my understanding that Processing Threads & Process Buffer Range are also helpful with latency.
Chris Parkes says
Thank you for the video, as always these are incredibly helpful. I am curious if you have ever encountered a latency issue when side-chaining that causes the audio to still play out of sync, even when PDC is set to ‘ALL.’ An example where this has happened is while using the Trackspacer plug-in (basically an intelligent dynamic processor). In this case I was using this plug-in on a snare with the vocals as the side-chain and the snare was then delayed very audibly. Sadly, I have had this issue a few times and I am thinking I may need to leave Logic without figuring out how to deal with this. Any thoughts?
Jonathan Waller says
I am also wondering if side-chaining is affecting my latency. Would love to hear if this is confirmed and whether there are workaround.