buffer size

Relates to how much data a computer program can process at any given time. Higher buffer sizes are less likely to crash your computer but can cause latency issues. Lower buffer sizes have low latency but can crash more easily.

This can be confusing for beginners. A good way to manage this is to set your DAW’s buffer size as low as possible when recording to avoid latency problems, and then set it as high as possible for mixing as this is much more demanding on your computer.

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