This is a basic guide on optimizing audio settings for KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 / 2 / 6.
For a more in-dept guide on optimization of your computer for use with audio applications, please see the Tuning Tips articles at the bottom of the page.
This guide will deal with the following:
- Adjusting the Audio Settings
- Buffer Size and Latency
- CPU Load and How it Affects Audio
Adjusting the Audio Settings
The Audio Preferences of your chosen DAW will always have certain things in common. Namely, the possibility to configure the Driver, Device, Sample Rate and Buffer. Here we use MASCHINE as an example.
This is responsible for the communication between the computer OS and the KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 / 2 / 6. On a Mac computer, this can only be set to CoreAudio. On a Windows computer, please select ASIO. If you do not have the option to choose ASIO, please follow the instructions to install the ASIO driver in this article.
Here you choose the specific audio interface you are using. On a Mac computer, please choose Komplete Audio 1, 2 or 6, depending on the version you have connected. On a Windows computer, please select Komplete Audio ASIO Driver.
3. Sample Rate
The sample rate defines the audio quality of recording and playback. The higher the sample rate, the better the quality. A sample rate of 44100 Hz equals CD quality. A sample rate of 48000 Hz is common for pro audio equipment. Choosing higher sample rates can further enhance the audio quality but also puts a higher load on the computer.
4. Buffer Size / ASIO Config
Here we configure the amount of time the audio application has to process the audio. In our example with MASCHINE using a Windows computer in the screenshot above, you will see the option Open Panel. Here you can adjust the buffer size. On a Mac, you will be able to directly adjust the Buffer Size as shown in the screenshot below:
By default, the Buffer Size is set to 512 samples. Learn more about this setting and how to optimize it below.
Buffer Size and Latency
Since music is performed in real-time, music applications should never fall short of the calculations required to play and record your performance. For this reason, they use a buffer that provides the computer with sufficient time to finish all calculations. This introduces a short delay between recording and playback, called latency.
We recommend using one of the following values: 128, 256, 512 or 1024. Lower values may be chosen on purpose built computers for audio production. To reduce latency while recording, we recommend using a lower buffer size of 128. If mixing with a lot of plug-ins, you will want to give your computer more processing time. Thus, a buffer size of 1024 is more suitable. If you want to set an in-between number suitable for most recording and mixing duties, 256 or 512 will suffice.
The buffer size can be set in the audio preferences of your music application (as shown in the screenshots above). When setting the buffer size, the aim is to find the lowest possible value that still provides clean audio playback and recording. This way, the latency can be kept at the minimum which will make it easier to play software instruments and create tight recordings.
If the sound coming from your KOMPLETE AUDIO is distorted or skips, go back to the Buffer Size and try a higher value. If the audio playback is clean, you can even try a lower value. You may have to increase the buffer size when you start adding a lot of effects and instruments to your songs.
CPU Load and How it Affects Audio
The higher the load on your computer, the more negatively it will affect audio playback. Settings such as Sample-rate and Buffer Size as described above will help set up your audio interface with the audio application for best performance. However, your computer will also be performing other tasks not related to audio which will also increase the CPU load. The following articles describe in more detail how to optimize your computer for use with audio applications: