Monitoring Delay in Guitar Recording

Hey guys! New to the forum, I have an issue that I haven’t been able to find anything of help yet.

I am running Audacity 2.1.2 on Windows 10. My problem is I am trying to record guitar tracks using audacity and i’m trying to monitor the recording. The base problem is that the monitoring playback has a delay or latency from when I actually play the note. The signal path is and Epiphone G400 Pro (the guitar) going into a Peavey 6505 mh (amplifier) and out through the peavey’s special “microphone simulated USB audio” output which lets me take a USB 2 cable from the amplifier and plug straight into my laptop and that’s it. I should also mention that i’m monitoring through a pair of Marshall Monitor 2 Bluetooth Headphones (which I have determined are not the problem as the delay remains when I use the laptops speakers) I’ve tried adjusting the latency in preferences but that doesn’t seem to do anything at all in regards to what i’m trying to do. I would very much so appreciate anybodies help with this matter! Thank you. :smiley:

Still. Bluetooth headphones are not a good idea because you get a delay any time you cross the digital/analog barrier.

There are two latencies. The one you set in Audacity is the recording latency. That’s the one you adjust so when you play to a backing track, your play and the backing track come out in time.

Then there’s machine latency where it takes a half-second for your play to get into Audacity, turn around and come back out. You’re stuck with that one. The solution is not monitor the computer. Plug your headphones into the guitar interface which has to offer “Zero Latency Monitoring.”

This microphone can do that for voices.

Yet another reason not to use BlueTooth headphones. Your guitar amp might do this if it has a USB interface. Consult your instructions.


If you’re listening to the computer-output the latency is inevitable playthrough delay, the latency control in Audacity preferences will not get rid of that real-time delay. If you can listen to the amp output directly, (not via the computer), there should be no delay.

If you can listen to the amp output directly, (not via the computer), there should be no delay.

What he said. But. If you want to overdub, then the Amp has to play the backing track from the computer to you and the live performance. Mix them. That’s the zero latency monitoring thing.