Audio Setting Recommendations

  • Live Versions: 1 - 9
  • Operating System: All

Audio settings can be adjusted in Live's preferences → Audio tab.

Driver Type:

It's recommended to use a dedicated USB, Firewire, or Thunderbolt interface with an ASIO driver (Windows) or a Core Audio driver (Mac).

MME/DirectX drivers on Windows are supported to provide the greatest possible compatibility. But especially built-in audio cards and their drivers aren't made for music production. Though, we strongly recommend using an ASIO driver such as the ASIO4All driver to increase the performance of an internal sound card.

Sample Rate:

The sampling rate, sample rate, or sampling frequency defines the number of samples per unit of time (usually seconds) taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal.

Higher values produce cleaner output for high frequencies at the expense of increased CPU drain.

The audio CD standard is 44100 Hz.

Buffer Size:

It's recommended to always use a power of 2 audio buffer size (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096 samples, etc.) Some audio interfaces and even plug-ins have problems with "odd" values. For most interfaces a mid-range value like 128, 256 or 512 samples should work fine.

Driver Error Compensation:

In most of the cases it should be fine to leave this value at 0. There is a built-in Live lesson which describes how to check if a driver is reporting the correct latency. For more information, please read our dedicated article on Driver Error Compensation.

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