Changing Latency values doesn't do anything.

This has probably been asked before, but I couldn’t find a thread that answered the question.
But yeah, like most I have ‘the latency issue’ i.e. tracks don’t line up when recording, and I hear echo when I enable playback.
I have done the Latency test but alas, nothing is fixed, in fact it doesn’t matter to what value I set the Latency to, the delay will always be 0,156 ms.
Please help me. I don’t know what do to. :cry:

Audacity 2.1.1?

I just did a latency setting process on Audacity 2.1.1 and it worked almost perfectly. I did an Overdub recording with my studio speakers (I know. Bad idea) and a low quality microphone I jammed into a USB port.

In essence, I’m doing this.

I generated a click track. Doesn’t much matter which one.

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Recording. [X] Overdubbing (only)

Press record and my cheap microphone picked up the clicks from the speakers and put them on a second track. I analyzed the two tracks and they were 0.266 seconds apart. The microphone was nearly a third second late. I corrected the latency setting by boosting the -130 default value to -396.

I made another overdub recording and my recording latency is now 0.012 seconds (attach). I overshot it a teensy bit. My microphone now gets there very slightly too early. One more pass and I’ll be ready for Les Paul.

I have seen other postings that the overdubbing service doesn’t work right. I wonder if they’re all on Windows. I’m on a Mac.

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Nope. The other poster was on a Mac.

There is a giant pit in the middle of Overdubbing. Unless you make very serious arrangements you can’t hear yourself live in an overdub session. If you try, the session will record right, but your live headphone music will be late (and probably drive you nuts).

Almost always when somebody posts that they can’t change latency, they’re talking about that one, Machine Latency, not Recording Latency which is adjustable.

All three of the examples I posted when I wrote the original overdubbing tutorial have hardware monitoring. You do not plug your headphones into the computer.