I may not have the right software for this, but here is what I want to do - and here is the problem I'm running into:
I have a bunch of really great drum loops as .wav files. I also have some really nice VST synths, etc. that make some wonderful sounds. I'd like to set up the wav files as a loop and then play on my keyboard controller in real time and have the software record the midi data, etc. Here's the kicker: I'd also like to monitor what I'm playing in real-time. Here's my setup:
USB MidiSport 2x2
2.4Ghz P4, 1.5GB RAM, 40GB 7200rpm HD
SoundMAX Digital Audio Soundcard on the Mobo (ASUS P4S8X-X)
The Issue I'm running into is when I set up the Soft Synth, there is a delay between when I press a key on the A-90 and when I hear the sound out of my computer speakers. This is the delay in the Audio Tab > Playback buffering slider. Trying to play with a tight drum loop and hearing yourself .25 or .35 seconds later is really annoying and much more difficult.
Do I need to get a "better" soundcard to be able to remove this delay to allow true "Real-Time" MIDI Control. As it is now, I'm controlling it real-time but not hearing the result without a substantial delay. Making overdub recording impossible. I've tried setting the slider down to .01 but I get garbled noise instead of sound. The lowest I can set it is .15 which is still quite long.
Can ACID let me play real-time with loops, without going through the "Playback Buffering" delay? If so, how?
Thank you in advance for all your help and consideration.