Direct monitoring allows a user to listen to the input signal of the interface with near zero latency. It takes the input signal on the interface and sends it straight to the headphone and line outputs on the device. The signal will also be sent to your daw software allowing the input to be recorded at the same time. If, when recording, you find that there is latency or "delay" on the signal you are monitoring, you should switch on the direct monitoring on the interface and then mute the audio track that you are recording to. This will allow you to hear your backing track, for example, from your recording software as well as your input signal at the same time, with near zero latency.
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