While ASIO4ALL significantly reduces latency and improves sound quality, many people have complained that it sounds different from their primary sound driver across several DAW's:
Most of these discussions appear to conclude that this is a playback and not a rendering issue. The idea is that ASIO4ALL accesses the sound card directly and somehow bypasses windows sound enhancements and modifications. I would like to understand what these enhancements/modifications are and how I can disable them.
I am personally using Ableton Live 10 Suite with Realtek High Definition Audio on a Windows 10 machine. I have already followed this link which shows one way to disable sound enhancements. This did not work for me however, and the sound coming out of my primary sound driver still sounds different.
I would like to understand this problem on a more fundamental level. What else is my operating system doing to the sound which ASIO4ALL seems to bypass? How can I disable this so that it sounds exactly the same as in ASIO4ALL?
Thanks for your help.