MIDI Jitter Might Be Ruining Your Live Performance

Timing could be compromised when using software instruments onstage      05/12/12
MIDI Jitter Might Be Ruining Your Live Performance


If you play software synths in live performance, you may want to head over to EigenZone to read a detailed article by Geert Bevin, senior developer of the Eigenharp instruments, who has spent some time researching MIDI buffer jitter.

Geert has been in touch to tell us, "Musicians using software instruments might be delivering sub-par performances and not even know why. Many popular plugin hosts introduce MIDI buffer jitter at the final step, in software, causing the timing to be subtly off during live performance."

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3 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Onimpulse    Said...

I wonder, what the results with Win7 or Linux would be.

05-Dec-12 11:54 AM


twitchy    Said...

It's MIDI Jitter!!

It's system agnostic.

05-Dec-12 06:15 PM


Rob (MOK)    Said...

@twitchy: it is very much system dependent, as the jitter is not "MIDI jitter" as much as how MIDI is handled by the sending and receiving systems, and in this article particularly how well software synths handled timestamps and line up events accordingly. Thus, if Win7 does a bad job of delivering the MIDI message, it will compound the problem compared to a platform that might do a good job of delivering MIDI messages

09-Dec-12 08:39 PM


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