While recording guitar, I listen to it with delay

Hi, I have Windows 8.1 laptop, Intel processor i7 quadcore, 8GB of RAM, … Powerful.

Well, when I record my guitar, I select that I want to listen to it while recording. Nevertheless, when I play a note, I hear it like 1 sec after. I’ve used Audacity in my old laptop and there were no delays at all. It’s important to say that Audacity records my guitar perfectly, no delays:

I add a backing track and play/rec along. Press rec button, the backing track starts sound (perfect, no delays). Then I start to play, and I listen to my guitar with 1 sec delay. It seems I’m not synchronized at all when I listen to what’s playing and recording. When I stop playing, the guitar I’ve recorded is synchronized w/ the track, so Audacity has recorded my guitar w/ no delays, but it has “send” the sound of my guitar with a delay of 1 sec.

How can I fix it?


Turn off “Software Playthrough” (Transport menu), then configure your sound card to play the input back out through your headphones. Note that this is only possible if the same audio device (sound card) is used for both recording and playback and even then, not all sound cards provide this feature.
Most USB sound cards provide this feature provided that you plug your headphones into the same USB device that is being used for recording.

Thank you very much, it was ticked, I’ll tell you if it’s fixed now.

About if my card is available or no; as I said, my 2004’s laptop could do it, so if my new one, which is really powerful (i7 quad-core, 8GB RAM, GT 755M, JBL speakers…), can’t handle that, lol, I kill myself, xD.

THANKS A LOT! :smiley:

By the way, this question was in the FAQ section, so sorry, didn’t see it… :blush:

All three of the Overdubbing pieces we wrote used USB services and hardware that had built-in headphone connections to get around this problem.


And your assumptions go the wrong way. People post all the time that they could do sound tricks with an older computer that’s not possible with their newer one.

Part of the problem is the manufacture goal has changed. The old goal was to make the machine do as many tricks as possible and let the user figure it out.

The new goal is to give a computer to an employee and she opens it up at the Holiday Inn and calls the corporate head office in Cincinnati on a business conference call or Skype. In order to make that easy and seamless, many of the “hobby” music and production tools either got left out or actively suppressed. Very few Windows laptops can connect to a cassette machine for transferring old stereo tapes, or connect to an entertainment music system to copy vinyl records for two very popular examples.

You have to take special measures and sometimes buy extra hardware to make that work now.


Yeah, you’re right, but in this case, it’s only the sound card that allows me to record and listen to the track, and my sound card can only be better than my old sound card, we’re not talking about those tricks you’re talking about. It’s just a software problem, solved, and I was completely sure I was able to do that, but I didn’t know I had to uncheck that option.

Indeed, when I activated it, it was because it said in the description: listen to what you’re recording.