I recently purchased a USB interface and, as almost every other home musician on the planet, I wanted to use it for all of my audio needs and of course concurrently shared between my Windows applications.
The steps taken for installation were the following:
- I installed its ASIO drivers from the manufacturer.
- I made it the default device in both Playback Devices and Recording Devices.
- I unticked the options for allowing application to take exclusive control of the device both in Playback Devices and Recording Devices.
- I disabled all other audio producing and recording devices incorporated within the motherboard via the Windows Sound configuration.
Still, unfortunately, every time my DAW started, I could no longer use the device to listen to anything else like Youtube, Media players, etc, resulting to both apps crashing. Sounds familiar?
Long story short, a few nights down the road and following each advise provided in forums around the world, I installed several of the below tools:
- Virtual drivers
- Virtual bridges
- Virtual mixers
- Virtual wires
- Every other "virtual everything" I found online.
No luck with most of those and the ones that did provide a result with concurrency, would really mess things up with latency. Though described in a few words the whole process took long nights without any results.
So what is the correct way to set up shared ASIO in Window 10?