Using an ASIO audio driver on Windows

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operation System: Windows

There are a variety of audio drivers available for Windows such as ASIO, MME/Direct X, Realtek, Direct Sound and Direct Capture. 

We recommend using an ASIO driver for the following reasons:

  1. ASIO is a professional level audio driver for Windows.
  2. ASIO usually allows you to set lower buffer sizes, which helps to reduce latency.
  3. ASIO performance is generally stable, with fewer audio dropouts and other artefacts.

ASIO drivers are usually not included on Windows and need to be installed separately.

If you are using an audio interface, then an ASIO driver is usually available from the manufacturer's website. Once installed, open Live's Preferences > Audio, click "Driver Type" and choose the ASIO driver.

If your interface doesn't include an ASIO driver, or if you're using your built-in computer soundcard, we recommend installing ASIO4ALL

Note:  If you are using a Focusrite interface from the Scarlett Range, ASIO4ALL seems to conflict with Focusrite's proprietary driver.