No audio when using ASIO driver (Win)

  • Live Versions: 1 - 9
  • Operating System: Win

Symptom

  • No Audio when using an ASIO driver with Live.
  • Using the MME/DirectX driver works fine.

Reason

Most ASIO drivers allow only one application at a time to access a soundcard.

Solution

  • Make sure Live is the only application accessing your sound card:
    • Close all applications accessing the soundcard (e.g. Instant Messengers, Skype, Internet browsers, etc.)
    • Disable the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth in Live:
      • Open Live's preferences → MIDI/Sync
      • Disengage the TRACK, SYNC, REMOTE buttons for the MIDI port of the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth
  • Re-initialize the driver by toggling the Live CPU load meter off and then back on.

Additional Information:

The latest driver for the audio interface should be installed. It is recommended to disable system sounds via the 'Sound and Devices' control panel (Sounds tab) of Windows. 

See this dedicated article which details how to optimize Windows for audio