Which Ableton devices introduce latency, and how much

  • Live Versions: 9
  • Operating System: ALL

A number of Ableton native devices introduce a small amount of latency due to the technology used to implement specific features.

Because Live will try to compensate all other tracks, such devices will increase the overall latency resulting from your audio settings.

The actual amount of latency experienced by the user is dependent on the sample rate settings, so for the purposes of this article, we will assume a sampling rate of 44.1 KHz and list latencies in both samples and milliseconds.

For more background information about what latency is and how Live handles it, please refer to our FAQ section.

Instruments

Collision: due to the built-in limiter, this instrument introduces a latency of 64 samples (ca 1.5 ms).

Dynamics processors

While Live's dynamics processors do not introduce latency per se, they do if the Lookahead feature is enabled. Because Lookahead introduces a negative delay for the side chain signal triggering the gain reduction, Compressor, Gate and Limiter add an amount of latency equal to the amount of Lookahead.

Glue Compressor:  this device does not come with a lookahead feature, but it introduces 32 samples latency (0.73 ms) when in Oversampling mode.

Other Effects

Corpus:

due to the built-in limiter, this instrument introduces a latency of 64 samples (ca 1.5 ms).

Dynamic Tube:

4 samples (0.091 ms), in Hi-Quality mode only.

Erosion:

221 samples (5 ms)

EQ Eight:

16 samples (0.36 ms) in Oversampling mode only.

Overdrive:

5 samples (0.113 ms)

Reverb:

8 samples (0.18 ms)

Saturator:

4 samples (0.091 ms) in Hi-Quality mode only.