I have heard that USB is slower than FireWire (as found on the Duet) resulting in annoying lag - can anyone prove/disprove this?

Someone told me that I was better off buying a FireWire external interface as it is faster and can avoid the lag - does anyone have experience of this and make any suggestions? The ONE would be ideal if it is lag-free and fast.

Apogee ONE USB Music Interface and Microphone

Apogee ONE USB Music Interface and Microphone

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Latency (what you call "lag") is more a function of processor power and buffer size and not so much whether the audio interface is USB or Firewire. If your computer is powerful enough, you can set the buffer in your recording software to the lowest setting for minimal latency.

    Firewire would be beneficial for an interface with multiple mic inputs where you need greater bandwidth to handle the 8 or more simultaneous inputs. Since ONE has only one input, bandwidth is not a problem even with USB.

  • I'm using the "One" and in recording guitar/bass/vocals along with other tracks, I can detect no latency (this may be due to inexperience). I have most certainly dealt with audible latency with other gear in the past, and find it intolerable, so the Apogee seems to work very well in this regard.