ASIO is the recommended 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 ASIO as the best audio 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, and therefore reduce latency.
  3. ASIO performance is generally much better, resulting in less audio dropouts and other artefacts.

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

If you are using a dedicated audio interface, then its ASIO driver is usually available as a separate 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). 

Note:  In case you are using a Focusrite interface from the Scarlett Range, try to rather uninstall ASIO4ALL since it seems to conflict with Focusrite's proprietary driver. You can find more information here.

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