I made what was arguably a mistake, playing my keyboard into my audio interface, into but unprocessed by a DAW (Ableton Live), out my audio interface again and into my speakers, while simultaneously listening to the signal straight from the piano through headphones. I discovered a noticeable difference in the timing of the two signals. Ever since, I notice latency when I play through the speakers. It's probably always been a problem, but now I recognize that it's hurting my timing.
I have for a long time planned to play live using only VST synths (processing the MIDI for sure, and maybe the audio too, with Max). Now I'm wondering whether I have to invest in hardware synths, and forego any live computer-based audio processing.
My computer is an MBP only a couple years old. I'm sure a new one would help, but is there any way to anticipate by how much?
The audio interface is a MOTU UltraLite MK3 Hybrid.
My employer said I could put music software onto the computer they're letting me use, which is newer but might actually be *worse*: My personal 2.5 year old 15" MBP has these specs:
OS X 10.8.4, 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
and the 13" MBP they're letting me use has these ones:
OS X 10.8.5, 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM