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Windows ASIO Driver

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Setting up your audio software

In order to make use of ASIO4ALL, you need to configure your audio software accordingly. How you would do this depends on your particular software application. Generally, you would always enter the audio configuration menu and select ASIO -> ASIO4ALL v2.

There now should be a button to launch the ASIO control panel. How this button is labeled depends on your particular software. Once you press this button, the ASIO4ALL control panel should appear. Please consult the manual of your audio software for further assistance, if necessary!

There is, of course, a much easier way for accessing the ASIO control panel at any time. This mechanism has been around for almost 15 years now – with no known compatibility issues: Simply launch the control panel by clicking on the ASIO4ALL status icon in the System Tray area!

The tray icon will become visible whenever an application initializes the ASIO4ALL driver.  If there is no tray icon, your audio application is not currently using the ASIO4ALL driver. You can disable balloon notifications by switching to “Advanced” mode in the ASIO4ALL control panel.

Changes made in the control may not have an effect until you restart the audio application. Once you made it into the ASIO4ALL control panel – one way or the other –  you can now proceed with some basic configuration.

  • Kernel buffers/Buffer offset

    Kernel buffers/Buffer offset

    If hardware buffering is disabled, this control lets you add up to two more buffers to be queued for audio output. Each additional buffer increases the output latency of the device by the time it takes to play one buffer. Therefore, the initial setting of “2” should only be changed on less powerful machines, where… more

  • Allow Pull Mode

    Allow Pull Mode

    There are two basic access methods for a WaveRT device, “pull-mode” (also called “event-mode”) and “push-mode” (also called “polling mode”). If this box is left unchecked, ASIO4ALL will not use “pull-mode”, otherwise it will use it whenever possible. The default mode will be polling, though, because it is the most compatible one. Especially for small… more

  • Always resample 44.1◀▶48kHz

    ASIO4ALL can do real time resampling of 44.1 kHz audio to/from 48 kHz. Resampling will automatically take place whenever ASIO4ALL is opened for 44.1 kHz and the WDM driver does not support this sample rate. There may, however, be instances in which case an audio device will support 44.1 kHz only by resampling internally. More… more