Soundcraft MTK 12 expected latency with Asio
I was wondering if some of you MTK owners could share your Asio settings, as well as your PC/MAC setup so I know what to expect. I have been struggling to get a stable sound when using the MTK as an audio interface and am at the point of giving up, so I hope your answers will show that there is something wrong on my end and not a limitation in the mixer itself.
I am running Maschine 2.12.1 (R883) which is the latest version, using the latest Asio driver available on the website (3.20) .
My computer is I7-6700K $ 4.00 Ghz with 16GB of RAM running windows 10 fully updated. I have no other applications started on the PC except Maschine DAW.
In order to not get any clicking or popping noises when using the MTK 12 as my audio out interface, I need to set the Asio USB streaming mode to "Extra Safe" (ASIO buffer size set to auto) which is way to much latency for what I am doing. I have several hardware synths connected to my MTK that I feed midi-data from maschine (which is mostly for drums and sequencing) and this results in the drums being out of synch with the synths.
I was able to get a somewhat stable sound by setting the USB streaming mode to "low latency" (2ms output, this is what I need for output latency in order for my synths to sound in tempo with the drums) and the buffer size to 512 but there are still the occasional pop or crackle from the drums.
The CPU meter is safely rocking around 10% at this setting so that is not the bottle neck, there is something else going on here. I have a short USB-cable, directly connecting the MTK to my PC (I have tried several).
I primarily use the USB rtn on 7/8 for the audio out (but it behaves the same no matter what channel I use).
What Asio settings are you using to get stable output sound from your DAW given your computer specs?