[chuck-users] chuck for live performance - latency

Jacob Doran jacob at thehumanzoo.com
Wed May 19 17:46:30 EDT 2010

Great responses, all very encouraging and exciting! So I installed chuck on
my Windows desktop in the form of MiniAudicle and have been running the

All seems good apart from one issue which I had a feeling would crop up,
latency. The lowest I can set the buffer size to with it still working is
64. I have a Saffire LE sound card which should be pretty good but the
latency in Chuck is too great for it to be useful in a live context.

So I have a few more questions:

   - Should I be using Linux? Is the latency better in Linux then in
   Windows? If so what flavour of Linux would people recommend.
   - Should I be trying to build chuck for ASIO, I have seen some builds for
   this in the forums, but not for the latest version.
   - Are there any other tips or tricks for reducing the latency?

Thanks again for all your help.


On 18 May 2010 09:19, Jacob Doran <jacob at thehumanzoo.com> wrote:

> Hey Chuck Users,
> I'm a computer programmer, guitarist and singer who lives in London.
> Recently I have moved away from pure acoustic performances and have been
> using boss loop pedal and effects in gigs which has been fantastic but I'm
> already finding limitations.
> Then I had the idea that I might be able merge my programming skills with
> my music and program my own loop pedal rig using ChuCK software and a midi
> foot controller. It would be able to loop my guitar and voice multiple times
> live (like traditional loop pedals), turn loops on and off, and also apply
> real time manipulation, ping pong delays, pitch
> shifting, algorithmic harmonizations and who knows what else. I would
> control this all with a midi foot controller and a laptop while I play and
> sing.
> I was wondering if anyone has tried doing this type of thing before? A lot
> of what I have read seams to be more about virtual synthesis rather than
> real time audio manipulation/looping in a live performance? Is this
> something ChuCK could do well? What about performance, stability, or
> latency?
> I'm going to download ChuCK and play around to try and find these answers
> myself soon but any useful pointers and suggestions would be most
> appreciated.
> Thanks in advance for your help,
> Jacob
> http://myspace.com/jacobdoran/
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