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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.

  • Force WDM driver to 16 bit

    Force WDM driver to 16 bit

    This option only has an effect if the supported bit depth of the WDM driver is larger than 16, but less than 24. Some devices report e.g. 20 Bits resolution but cannot actually be opened for more than 16 Bits resolution. Should this be the case on your system, this option provides a workaround. Originally,… more

  • Optimization hints

    Optimization hints

    Playing software synths live In this scenario, you do not need audio inputs. Therefore, you best disable them all, which normally will provide you with a better stability at very small ASIO buffer sizes, or allow smaller buffer sizes in the first place. Further, you should also disable all audio outputs you do not really… more