With our latest announcement of Cakewalk's SONAR software accepting BLE MIDI input, we had a bunch of questions from users on how to adjust performance in the app. One of the main things we have noticed in most DAWs (Logic, Pro Tools, REAPER, SONAR, etc.) is that they have their buffer size set at a fairly large number by default. Remember that as we reduce the buffer rate, we reduce the latency of our Bluetooth instrument. However, this also affects our audio processing differently. We want to find a balance without creating any jitter or crackles in the audio playback.
Here's a short walk-through to how to roll back this setting in SONAR.
1. Once you connect, go to Edit > Preferences
2. In Driver Settings > Buffer Size, you will see that by default this is set to 440 samples (latency 10ms)
3. Reduce your buffer size. This will improve performance but WILL increase the workload on the computer. If you hear any jitter or crackles during playback/recording, raise the buffer size until this goes away. Make sure that, when you are done tracking and start to mix, you raise this back up again.
This should help minimize any audio delay you experience.
*Note* - Zivix is working on porting over a Windows build eventually to support configuration and settings. Stay tuned for updates on our social platforms and website. Thanks for reading, and happy playing!