Musicians and latency (Andy Vermiglio )

Subject: Musicians and latency
From:    Andy Vermiglio  <avermiglio(at)HEI.ORG>
Date:    Fri, 13 Sep 2002 06:57:13 -0700

It is true that church organ musicians routinely work with long latencies. However, few church organists work in jazz fusion bands where precise timing is much more crucial. The several hundred millisecond delays, while tolerable for the church organist and an individual singing the national anthem at stadium events, would have disastrous musical consequences in contemporary jazz settings. Andy -----Original Message----- From: AUDITORY Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY(at)LISTS.MCGILL.CA] On Behalf Of Mikael Fernström Sent: Friday, September 13, 2002 6:06 AM To: AUDITORY(at)LISTS.MCGILL.CA Subject: Re: Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors? About the issue of MIDI versus "real" instruments and latency: I think that musicians are extremely flexible people ;-) For example, a piano player that learns to play church organ. Suddenly you can have latencies up to several hundred milliseconds, primarily due to the mechanism, secondarily due to the speed of sound if the pipes are far away from the console. And still, excellent music can be made. /Mikael

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