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I'm using a sound card for reading analogue signals and for the ADC component. I need extremely low latency (<1ms). Is the sound card the right way to go or can you get better results with a custom ADC component with 0 buffer?

Whats the best available sound card? Whats the best interface (USB/Firewire/PCI)? Can you set the buffer size to 0?

Appreciate any help on this.


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Any of the USB/Firewire/PCI sound cards from audio production hardware companies should meet your needs.

MOTU's products have 'zero latency' monitoring, but you should be able to get down to the 1-2 MS range for input to your system.

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thxs nick...any idea how these compare to the create emu 0204? How come all these seem to use a 1ms buffer? – DD. Feb 9 '12 at 20:51
I've heard the emu products are very good as well. – Nick Haddad Feb 10 '12 at 20:02

Asus Xonar Essence STX provides up to 1ms Latency

Im currently running this $200 sound card on Win 7 64 bit, very pleased, not sure about Win 8. Many configurable options and features, I recommend this sound card to anybody looking for the best of the best, software is decent and I've never had a problem. Sound quality is unbelievable, definitely worth the money.

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