Hi, long time listener first time caller.
I took a look through a number of resources here and on the wider web, but I haven’t really seen the topic explicitly addressed.
I’m having problems getting a hardware monosynth to play in time with MIDI it’s receiving from VCV Rack.
I made a sequencer in VCV out of a bunch of discrete components. It works fine for sequencing synthesis modules in VCV–audio is all on time and tight as I need it to be.
I haven’t even bothered trying to get VCV to sync to any kind of external or DAW clock. I’m just sending MIDI from CV>MIDI to the DIN port on my interface to the DIN port on the synth. But still no joy. Timing is total slop.
Has anyone had similar issues? Can someone help me diagnose where I’m making a mistake?
My setup for the experiment was this:
Lenovo T470 (yeah I know, it’s old) 16GB RAM, Intel(R) Core™ i7-7600U CPU @ 2.80GHz 2.90 GHz Windows 10 Home 22H2
VCV Free 2.3.0
Sequencer gate and pitch CV
VCV CV>MIDI module Gate in and CV in
MOTU Ultralite Mk3 Hybrid DIN MIDI port
Vermona Mono Lancet monosynth
Audio input of MOTU (have tried all buffer sizes from 64s to 1024s)
The result is that even with a steady sequencer clock from within VCV (Improptu Clocked), the timing of the audio coming back from the monosynth is extremely jittery. This wasn’t even me trying to get it to play in time with drums, we’re talking fluctuations of probably dozens of milliseconds at a time and from note-to-note.
I don’t have another hardware MIDI synth at home to try this with another way, unfortunately.
Can anyone suggest why this might be happening? The internet doesn’t seem to suggest this is a known VCV issue happening to everyone all the time.