Installing And Setting-Up The ASIO4ALL Device-Driver


Unless you have a really fast machine, you will need an ASIO device driver for your sound-card, or you will still have latency problems.

With a really fast machine, running SONAR X2 Essential, with just the sound-card (and WDM driver in Windows 8) that came with it, the sound was cutting out (pops and clicks). By trial-and-error, I was able to solve that problem by setting the sample-rate to 48000 samples per second.

On a different (1.7 megahertz) machine running Windows 7, using the machine's sound-card, with a VST Host, I still had nearly as much latency as when using the Java Sound Synthesizer.

Using an ASIO device driver with your sound-card eliminates such problems.

In some cases, you may be able to obtain an ASIO device-driver for your sound-card, which is ideal, and you won't have to install the ASIO4ALL general-purpose ASIO device-driver. But it can be a big hassle obtaining an ASIO device-driver specifically for your sound-card.

In the web-site you go to for installing ASIO4ALL, there is a big “Download” button at the top of the web-page. But this isn't for obtaining ASIO4ALL – it's for obtaining updated device-drivers for your sound-card. That link can cost you significant money, and I have had such products hang my system in trying to install updated device-drivers.

So when you go to the ASIO4ALL website, scroll down to the actual download for the ASIO4ALL general-purpose device-driver download, bypassing the link near the top of the website, as shown in the screenshot below:


Screenshot Of The Downloads Section of the Web-Page For The Release Version

You probably want the actual release version (rather than a beta-test version), but you can certainly use the beta-test versions if you want. There are problems fixed in beta-test versions that are still problems in the release version. But there may be new problems in the beta-test version...

I recommend using the latest official release version.

So to install ASIO4ALL, click on the link below, and scroll down to the latest release version's download (of the language you use), and click on its download link. You can run the installation program directly, rather than first downloading it to a file, if you wish. You will have to approve the running of that program in the security dialog that pops-up, in order to install it. Here is the link to the website (click on it):

ASIO4ALL

When it finishes running, the ASIO4ALL driver will be available for use, and will be visible (as a device-driver you can use) to your VST Host software.

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