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I recently bought a Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist. It has an XLR input and output, which I use when rehearsing with my band. It also has a USB connection which acts as both input and output when connected to the PC. I want to be able to practice at home, but don't have an XLR microphone. While I could go out and buy a cheap one, I already own a Blue Yeti, which is a very nice USB microphone, and would like to be able to use that.

Now I haven't tried plugging the Yeti directly into the VE-2, because I'd need to go from micro-USB to USB-B (the square printer type), and I'm fairly sure the VE-2 lacks any kind of audio driver that would understand the Yeti.

So I tried doing it like this:

  1. Tick "Listen to this device" on the Blue Yeti, and set the output device to the VE-2.
  2. Plug my headphones into the VE-2 and enjoy the sound of my voice plus harmonies.

However there is a noticeable latency when I listen to the Yeti, regardless of the output device. If I plug the headphones into the monitor of the Yeti, it's zero latency, but of course I don't get the harmonies from the VE-2.

I've spent the evening looking for solutions involving ASIO4ALL plus SAR plus Reaper, then trying Audacity, Audio Router, and a few other bits, but I haven't figured this one out. All I want to do is plug my USB mic into my VE-2 with low latency, which means going via my PC because I didn't buy the Yeti Pro (which has XLR but costs WAY more).

Is there some way to lower the buffer size of my Yeti in Windows without having to do some complicated routing? Would buying a dedicated sound card even make a difference given that the microphone is USB? Should I just suck it up and accept that I can't use my Yeti?

Help me sound engineers, you're my only hope!

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