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First of all, I know there's related posts: How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface? But they don't answer my question that is:

Is there any way to use ASIO with some VST Host and Windows Applications (Web Browser, Media player, etc.) at the same time with just one real sound card?

  1. I know it is possible via software using O Deus ASIO Link. Unfortunately, their free version mutes all sounds for 5 seconds each 1 minute. They work emulating a Sound Card Driver and routing it to VST Application and Windows use that Sound Card Driver as Default.
  2. I also know that it is posssible via JACK, but after trying a lot to get it working on Windows, I could not hear it clear (sounds was cracking). I could not find a 100% working tutorial for Windows 8. :(

Edit 1:

I installed Cubase, it comes with "ASIO DirectX Full Duplex Driver".

I think the trick is this driver that is installed. But if I change the Cubase' driver to ASIO4ALL (which has lower latency for live playing) I have that same problem.

  • ASIO shouldn't monopolise the card; other apps ought to still be able to play through it - unless that's some kind of Windows limitation. I do similar all the time, running Cubase doesn't stop, for instance, iTunes playing over the same output, even simultaneously – Tetsujin May 2 '15 at 12:52
  • What are the version of your Windows? I've heard that at Windows XP it works fine. – Richard May 2 '15 at 12:59
  • I'm on Mac. It's possibly that coreAudio can do it & Windows can't - it's unfortunately always been quite poor at audio routing. – Tetsujin May 2 '15 at 13:29
  • As I said, it is possible with O Deus ASIO Link, but it is not free. – Richard May 2 '15 at 13:47
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    You'll never know unless they post a comment too. Votes are anonymous… & it wasn't me – Tetsujin May 2 '15 at 16:51
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Cubase (at least 5+) can do this. You can set Cubase's sound card driver settings to have the sound card not be exclusively "owned" by Cubase so other applications can also use it while Cubase is running.

  • The problem is with driver sound and not with the software used, I guess. Anyway, I will try install Cubase 5+ and I'll tell if it works correctly. – Richard May 8 '15 at 14:59
  • Hey, I changed my question, adding my experience with Cubase. – Richard Aug 12 '15 at 20:35
  • I don't have experience with ASIO4ALL and just little with the Cubase ASIO DirectX Full Duplex Driver since I always use the driver that ships with the audio interface (which is in almost any time the best to use if using a dedicated audio interface via USB, FW etc.). So yes, ASIO4ALL may act different as you described. – sceee Aug 13 '15 at 16:45
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You can do this now with Voicemeeter Banana, which is fully functioning donationware. I set mine up this way to play piano:

Install Voicemeeter or V. Banana (After setup, needs to be running to get sound)

Control Panel/Sound/Hardware/Playback/Voicemeeter Aux Input/Set default/Ok (no AUX also works but want different one on Truepianos)

TruePianos/ Preferences/ASIO: Voicemeeter Virtual ASIO (both this and AUX work, but seems to have less latency if different from Control Panel)

Hardware Out A1 set to ASIO4ALL v2 (no other seems necessary)

Virtual Inputs A1 (one is VAIO, from Truepianos, other is AUX from Windows control panel)

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