today reported that Mac OS X is the best operating system for audio, according to new research published by the Peabody Institute, part of Johns Hopkins University. The results are in a new report called “Audio Latency Measurements of Desktop Operating Systems.”
Researchers Karl MacMillan, Michael Droettboom and Ichiro Fujinaga explained that Mac OS X’s CoreAudio code produces measurably less latency than other operating systems when running multiple applications. Long latency can result in a delay from the time a musician plays a note until they hear it on the computer — particularly annoying to musicians who are trying to record live performances.
The researchers sampled audio at 16-bit and 24-bit and 44.1KHz. The best latency results came from a Power Mac G4 running Mac OS X — it beat out a dual processor Pentium 3 system equipped with a pro audio card and running Linux, according to the report.