Ever since the first musicians started to use laptop computers as effects or virtual instruments, there has been a discussion about latency. Makers of audio interfaces specified latencies, and musicians made bold statements as to why their specific playing style required some extremely low latency which only selected interfaces and very powerful computers could provide.
This article deals with the concept of latency. What it is, what causes it and how we can affect it. It will also try to dispel some myths that have formed when discussing this.