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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by panchoman, May 9, 2008.

  1. panchoman

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    okay, so i was messing with virtual dj cause im too poor to buy a dj'ing rig :p and theres an overclocking option for my sound card and i was like wtf? im on onboard sound and yeah i dont really get what the sound card latency and sound card ocing stuff is, could someone help me?

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    btw, i noticed that if i change the performance to a higher mode, it get get choppy or distorted =/
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    hmm :p never knew sound cards could be overclocked :p
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    i didn't either untill i started messing with vdj and i've noticed it a bunch of times now but have been too lazy to ask lol
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    :p i need to hear you djing...i hear your good :p
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    triprift just overexagerates :p im terrible really... can only mix similair tracks and blend really.. not really a metal head so cant do techno mixes etc
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    :p your just being modest :p everyone starts somewhere :p
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    Haha!

    You noob!

    It's not soundcard overclocking. It is soundcard latency and if you increase the "timings" you slow the card or add latency/delay.

    Basically you need to set the latency/delay as low as possible but if the latency is too low, then the sound will breakup/crackle.

    I use software synths and sequencers and I have to adjust the soundcard latency/timing as low as possible so there is as little delay on the music keys as possible. Increasing the timings would make the sound smoother, but add a delay so the sounds aren't heard until some time after a key is pressed.

    BTW... I am overclocking my old E6600 dual core from 1.86ghz to 3.6ghz with watercooling of CPU, GPU and Northbridge.

    I have never bothered to watercool my soundcard.

    :)
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    What ur mixing, mainstream house or something else? I tried messing with the Traktor dj studio, never had the time to get serious with dj-ing...

    Anyways, I didn't know that soundcards have adjustable clock generator...
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    Thats not really overclocking your sound card.... Causes more issues than its worth generally.

    I have used that program in the past.
    What you want is a fairly cheap decent sound card, like an M-Audio Revo or something, that is well supported by the software.
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    just looking at that image - starting from the top;


    I guess that the slider will adjust how quickly your audio will be processed, faster = lower quality as the chipset would cut corners (think of it like GPU image quality optimizations)

    below that, the box on the left:
    latency - I'd figure this would be more of a measurement of the latency between when an audio call is initialized to the time of playback; or, it could be a measurement of the time between processing passes, which would mean that a lower latency could lead to impartial processing of the audio source.
    At the very least - I seriously doubt this has anything to do with an actual soundcards PCI latency.

    safe mode - application probably uses internal parameters to keep things from cooking themselves

    overclock - application prob adjusts the amount of voltage being sent to the individual DSPs and other components

    the box on the right of that:
    48Khz <-> 44Khz - I'd bet these settings are used for conversion from one playback frequency to the next

    Basic Interpolation - would directly effect the quality of the conversion, and quality would probably be dependant on the bit rate of the source itself. I'd think lower bit rate files would be less effected by using this setting.

    Lowpass Filter - this would effectively "single-out" low frequency sounds from the source, and eliminate everything eles. Used to drive large woofers and subwoofers, it cuts frequencies that the speakers can't really handle.

    Filter taps - I think this would be the number of times the source is sent through the low-pass filter . . . the more times, the better the lower frequencies are isolated.

    Filter smooth - probably "smooths" any frequency spikes through the source, which would give you a more solid, non-changing tone

    lower boxes I fathom you prob already know what they do.
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    thank you for answering my question so respectfully... on a not-sarcastic note.. thank you.. i understand now.
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    i suck... seriously.. its just a program i like to mess with every now and then.. its fun :p

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    i have a dj feature on my phone :p its fun :p
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    i want to use on my lappy too... plus im on like negative money atm... cant buy anything besides the usual crap (rubber, etc.) for like the next 2 months.
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    Well I would stay far clear of cheap usb audio devices, they are often worse than your onboard.
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    I do wish someone would make a soundcard I could overclock. I would be the first in line to buy it.

    :)

    I am using an SB Audigy 2 ZS I bought years ago.

    I guess I should upgrade.
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    Thats considered to be one of the best sound cards creative has ever made for SQ...
    *although not for gaming*
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    All that option does is step down latencies, there's no component in an onboard audio that you can control 'clock' of. How does it step down latencies? ASIO, by stepping up CPU priority of the ASIO process. What does that 'overclock' help in? Much improved bit-match recording, that usually get into errors even with the slightest latency change caused due to a busy CPU.

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