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midi in to main out?

I have a midi keyboard (Alesis Q25) attached to the m-track. I would like to hear what I am playing through the main out (speakers) and the headphone jack. Is this possible? If so, how?
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  • Hello Jim,

    Thanks for posting.

    The Q25 is a MIDI controller, so it has no built in sounds that would come out of the M-Track. The Q25 would control a sound module or a software synthesizer/instrument of some sort which the M-Track would play back.

    What software are you using?

    Let me know and we'll figure it out!
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  • Hi Dan,
    Well, I have Anvil Studio, Ableton Live 8, and Music Time Deluxe. All of these products can produce sound from my midi keyboard, but always after a noticeable time delay. I bought the M-Track because it was supposed to provide "near zero latency." However, I don't see how the M-Track can help with latency when it's not involved in this process.
    What am I missing?
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  • The MIDI controller has nothing at all to do with latency. It is how your computer is talking to the audio interface that determines latency.

    With any DAW software, there will be latency. However, depending on the speed of your computer, you can usually adjust it such that it is unnoticeably short.

    In each software's audio configuration menu, there will be setting that is usually called "Buffer Size".

    Lower settings will provide lower latency, but put more stress on the computer processor. If you go too low, you'll start getting pops/clicks as your computer struggles to keep up. Higher settings will introduce more latency but less stress on the CPU.

    You should download/install the low latency drivers for the M-Track if you haven't already. These will help dramatically reduce latency with audio/MIDI programs like this.

    http://m-audio.com/support/download/d...

    After installing this, your audio software will have a new sound card option "M-Track ASIO". Select that and you'll notice an immediate reduction in latency. Most computers will find a "happy medium" buffer size setting between 128-512 samples.

    Hope this helps!
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