ASIO is the recommended audio driver on Windows
- Live Versions: All
- Operation System: Windows
The default audio driver on Windows is MME/Direct X.
If you don't own a dedicated audio interface, this is probably the only driver available. However if you own a dedicated audio interface then it may have some or all of the following driver types: MME/Direct X, Realtek, Direct Sound, Direct Capture or ASIO.
Out of these, we recommend that you only use ASIO.
- ASIO is the professional level audio driver on Windows.
- ASIO allows you to set lower buffer sizes, and therefore reduce latency.
- ASIO performance is generally much better, resulting in less audio dropouts and other artefacts.
Your interface's ASIO driver is usually available as a dedicated installation from the manufacturer's website. Once installed, open Live's Preferences --> Audio. Click "Driver Type" to choose the ASIO driver.
If your interface doesn't include a native ASIO driver, or if you're using your built in computer soundcard, then we recommend that you install ASIO4ALL (a free, generic ASIO driver).