Fluidsynth Audio Buffer, Buffer Size and Polyphony
I had quite a hard time until I managed to produce sounds without occasional dropouts, clicks and distortions using Fluidsynth. Finally I decided to start experimenting with the values for Buffer, Buffer Size and Polyphony since I was suspecting latency issues which everyone seems to have experienced at some stage. I got the best results at Audio Buffer 8, Buffer size 128 and Polyphony 128.
I am running jOrgan 3.20 on a Pentium 4 machine with 2Gb RAM, in Windows XP SP3. As my sound engine I have Fluid synth default (no Portaudio, Jack, ASIO, etc.) hooked to a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy.
1) I was a bit surprised that I had to depart from the default values since I always thought that my machine was powerful enough. Any feedback as to why I was compelled to change these settings would be appreciated.
2) Also guidelines on how to check that latency etc. are optimal.
3) I would also like to try out Jack, ASIO and the rest. Do these work on Windows XP? Is there a real advantage departing from the default supplied with jOrgan 3.20?