I bought a novation Impulse 61 midi keyboard, which I use with Ableton Live 9 to play and record. I am very much just a novice at this and I decided to have this setup, because a friend told me, that with a tool called ASIO4ALL I can have a short enough latency even without a sound card.
However, ASIO4ALL is very restrictive, see Switching between ASIO4ALL ON/OFF without having to shut down browser
- I have to turn off any piece of software that is currently producing sounds on my pc
- which normally means to close the whole chrome browser and any tutorials I might be watching or sounds I want to be playing outside DAW, for example from the video I am following.
- optionally turn the asio4all drivers off or on, if needed
- go into preferences in Ableton Live if necessary and play with the sound input options to make it work.
Only then I can play with my controller. If I want to watch a video, I have to do it on another device or close the whole ableton, open up the video, watch it, than close all chrome processes and do it again.
For some time I thought I am just lazy to play, but it is more the burden of what I have to go through, if I want to play some notes, so I guess I need hardware, to avoid the whole ASIO4ALL thing.
I understand there are internal sound cards I can buy? Then maybe some external devices that would do the same? Or also some other devices, that would do the same and ALSO be able to create some sounds even without the PC or DAW, so that I could play sometimes without opening any piece of software or even turning on PC?
What types of hardware am I looking for? How are they called? Could you provide some resource on how to learn about this and from which I could also decide on the price range, based on what I would learn about it?