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From: "Måns Rullgård" <>
To: Maxim Doumkine <>
Subject: Re: Loopback latency issue
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:12:13 +0100
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <9148e80a-8af7-4545-af62-bf4f3512aace@Spark> (Maxim Doumkine's message of "Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:40:09 +0300")

Maxim Doumkine <> writes:

> Hello everyone,
> We are trying to build a Sox based real-time sound altering app, and we’ve
> got everything working on our LUbuntu 16.04 stations except for an issue w
> latency.
> When we test it on actual hardware, we are having a latency of about 2
> seconds, when we test it on our virtual machine the latency is more like
> 250ms.
> sox -t pusleaudio default -t pulseaudio null pitch n
> Whenever we add the null loopback or aloop, we experience a delay. No amount
> of config tinkering seems to affect this latency on an actual workstation.

The first thing I'd do is get rid of pulseaudio and access the ALSA
device directly.  Even then, however, there are several places where
latency is added.  You can find the ALSA buffer sizes currently uses by
examining /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/sub0/hw_params (or whatever numbers
your system uses).  The size (in bytes) of the main buffer in SoX is set
with the --buffer option.  Some effects have additional internal buffers.

Måns Rullgård

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Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <0713c9d8-7bdf-4b97-99b4-12e219e94d45@Spark>
2020-07-10 17:40 ` Maxim Doumkine
2020-07-10 18:08   ` Darryl Lewis
2020-07-11 16:04     ` Maxim Doumkine
2020-07-11 13:12   ` Måns Rullgård [this message]
2020-07-11 15:59     ` Maxim Doumkine
2020-07-11 16:12     ` Steve Masters
2020-07-13 11:49   ` Jan Stary
2020-07-13 12:05     ` Jan Stary
2020-07-13 15:09     ` Maxim Doumkine
2020-07-13 20:52     ` Måns Rullgård
2020-07-13 22:20       ` Rafal Maszkowski

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