Software vs Hardware Monitoring

The easiest way to bypass latency when monitoring input through your DAW is to monitor incoming signals through the VRS8 via hardware monitoring.

Hardware monitoring allows users to listen to the input signal of the interface with near zero latency. It achieves this by taking the input signal on the interface and sending it straight to the headphone and line outputs on the device.

This signal will additionally be sent to your DAW software which will allow the input to be recorded at the same time.

When the VRS8 is being used to monitor (hardware monitoring), the DAW’s software monitoring feature should be disabled by muting the channels that are record enabled. If the tracks aren’t muted, you will experience doubling and or phasing as the input signal is being heard twice.


Software monitoring is when you listen to live inputs via the DAW mixer. When you are software monitoring, you will want to mute the input channels on the VRS8 as you will experience the same doubling and phasing as above.

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