Originally Posted by kokoshmusun
I've been warned about the "Near zero latency hardware monitoring" which the Layla 3G has. The "near" part they say is tricky. What do you think about this?
I used the layla3g for a few years without problems. Near zero is equivalent to rack gear i/o latency and I dont think you are ever going to get zero in this realm, with any interface; they are just being honest. It will not influence your playing (you wont feel a lag), but theoretically your playing would be out of sync with the recording by that small amount. (probably <1ms)
I did not experience lack of synchronization between daw and monitored tracks, but I was using external pres through a mixer channel strip then to the layla.
The thing about the PCI layla that makes it excellent is its stability and latency performance which means you ultimately will get more plugs, and you can use it to track with VSTis, which I did frequently. The DIs are very good and were run to GuitarRig and Vandal sims for bass and some scratch guitar takes. No perceptible latency.
Firewire and USB interfaces in this price range typically have poor latency and stability.
I have also used the Echo Mia Midi PCI which is actually quite good and has the benefit of being able to mix multiple outputs to a single physical stereo pair, so you can run multiple apps and get sound.
The layla can also share outputs between apps, but you will need a mixer to listen to them all.