Using asio drivers and a USB mixer?

Discussion in 'alt.steinberg.cubase' started by psongman, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. psongman

    psongman Guest

    Hi, I was contacted by the Alesis tech guy today because I didn't get a
    CD with Cubase LE on it and the asio drivers when I bought one of their
    mixers. However, I still don't get how to use the Alesis USB 8
    Mulitimix mixer on my Windows XP machine. Please help, you plug
    the unit in and then turn on the computer....I assume Windows XP loads
    the proper drivers. Then after installing Cubase, do I also install the
    asio drivers, as I want to get as low latency as possible.

    I guess what I am asking is, if I bring up Cubase, will the device
    settings say USB device or the asio that I would prefer to use. I know
    I am getting myself a bit "mixed" up but know you will straighten me
    out. So, will I be just be using the USB driver or will I be able to go
    in and use the asio ones? Any input greatly appreciated, Gder
    psongman, Jun 6, 2006
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  2. You install the drivers from the CD provided (or I'm sure they're
    downloadable from the Alesis web site). Follow whatever installation
    procedure the manual tells you to.

    But Cubase will not use them drivers by default. If available, you
    will be able to select them. Where you do this varies slightly in
    different versions of Cubase. Try Devices/Device Setup/VST
    Laurence Payne, Jun 6, 2006
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  3. psongman:
    First off, understand that those "USB mixers" are nothing else than
    normal mixers with a built-in USB sound interface that has fixed
    connections inside the mixer. Thus, for your computer it does not
    matter, whether there is a mixer around that USB sound interface or not.
    The ASIO driver will be installed automatically alongside the "normal"
    WDM/MME drivers - it´s a kind of "package". Different types of drivers
    for different uses... WDM/MME is for stuff like the Windows MediaPlayer
    and other standard programs, whereas ASIO needs dedicated programs with
    ASIO support (e.g. Cubase, WaveLab, Sonar and other DAW programs).
    As a Cubase-newbie you can´t know that, but there´s actually no real
    question, since Cubase *requires* ASIO! The actual question is rather,
    which ASIO driver you choose to use...

    Most "consumer" cards don´t have dedicated ASIO drivers, so Steinberg
    (maker of Cubase) automatically installs a kind of adaptor (also known
    as "wrapper") driver to use WDM/MME drivers with ASIO. This thing can be
    found in the start menu under "ASIO Multimedia Setup" in the Cubase

    Anyway, it´s simpler than it seems...

    1) install the drivers
    2) install Cubase

    when necessary, reboot your computer

    3) start Cubase

    during the start-up process, the "ASIO Multimedia Setup" will ask to do
    some testing. As this is just for the Steinberg wrapper you probably
    won´t use anyway, you can skip this for now. If you choose to do the
    test, it won´t take long.

    4) when Cubase has finally started, follow the route that Laurence
    already described

    Devices -> Device Setup ->"VST Multitrack" OR "VST Audiobay"

    5) In "Master ASIO driver": select the Alesis ASIO driver in the list
    (ASIO Multimedia Driver / ASIO DirectX Full Duplex Driver are the
    Steinberg wrappers)

    6) OK

    7) press F4 to open the "VST connections" window - set your inputs and
    outputs to the desired ones on the mixer.


    Before you install the driver, check the Alesis website for a newer

    Philipp Wachtel, Jun 9, 2006
  4. Beware - with some cards that have their own ASIO drivers the MME test
    will fail.
    Laurence Payne, Jun 9, 2006
  5. Yep, just happened with my Delta Audiophile. But I don´t care about that
    test, since it´s a function of the "Steinberg wrapper driver", which I
    don´t use anyway...

    The disadvantage is that it "seems" like a central function of Cubase
    itself - and that confuses most people in the first place. It looks like
    a kind of "benchmark" function within Cubase, even though it´s not.

    Philipp Wachtel, Jun 9, 2006
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