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chrismerris 2011-07-13 01:39

Balance Performance vs 3rd Party Audio Interface
 
Hello Props!

Quick question about the Balance - I am assuming since there is no audio driver required on the Mac, that the Balance uses the native underlying sound architecture of Reason. I assume when Core Audio, ASIO, DirectX, or other 3rd party sound drivers are used in Reason, that Reason has to do more processing in order to convert sound signals from those sources into whatever native sound architecture it uses - like an extra conversion layer.

My question is, since the Balance does not have to work through a 3rd party sound driver, can we expect better performance from Reason while using it, and lower latency?

Also, if no audio driver is required on the Mac, why is one required on the PC?

Thanks in advance for your help.

P.S. - Mattias - thanks for all your posts today. I don't visit the forums much, but when I do it's awesome to see the Props interfacing directly with their users. Keep up the great work.

jkheal 2011-07-13 01:53

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Originally Posted by chrismerris (Post 885125)
Hello Props!

Quick question about the Balance - I am assuming since there is no audio driver required on the Mac, that the Balance uses the native underlying sound architecture of Reason. I assume when Audio Units, ASIO, DirectX, or other 3rd party sound drivers are used in Reason, that Reason has to do more processing in order to convert sound signals from those sources into whatever native sound architecture it uses - like an extra conversion layer.

My question is, since the Balance does not have to work through a 3rd party sound driver, can we expect better performance from Reason while using it, and lower latency?

Also, if no audio driver is required on the Mac, why is one required on the PC?

Thanks in advance for your help.

P.S. - Mattias - thanks for all your posts today. I don't visit the forums much, but when I do it's awesome to see the Props interfacing directly with their users. Keep up the great work.

Regarding drivers, the Mac has "good" audio built-in, Core Audio. Windows has "not-so-good" audio built in, DirectX or WDM, so third-party ASIO drivers fill that gap.

As far as performance vs. the competition ... who knows?

chrismerris 2011-07-13 01:59

Yeah - I know what you mean - that's why I recently moved to Mac (and sorry for putting "Audio Units" originally - I meant Core Audio). It just sounded like maybe the Balance didn't even require a Core Audio driver and interfaced with Record directly. It may actually be Core Audio after all - and I just read too much into it.

jkheal 2011-07-13 02:11

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Originally Posted by chrismerris (Post 885148)
Yeah - I know what you mean - that's why I recently moved to Mac (and sorry for putting "Audio Units" originally - I meant Core Audio). It just sounded like maybe the Balance didn't even require a Core Audio driver and interfaced with Record directly. It may actually be Core Audio after all - and I just read too much into it.

When they say "no driver required for Mac," they just mean it''s using the Mac's native driver, Core Audio.

Technically, there's no [additional] driver required for Windows, either, but performance will suffer using DirectX or WDM drivers.

All external hardware devices need some kind of driver to interface with the rest of the system at the hardware level.


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