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Sinisa Cekic
post Jan 30 2012, 11:29 PM
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So I have a problem. How to force an external sound card to works in parallel with one in the system (Audigy)?! A year ago I managed to adjust that, but now ( I installed it again) is happening that I can't listen to music from two different sources at the same time. I read somewhere that the problem is actually in the operating system (XP), which only allows one audio source in the Real-time. I swore that I had arranged it, but now I'm not sure, damn mad.gif !


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post Jan 31 2012, 09:56 AM
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It partly depends on the version of Windows and your audio software. In some software (ASIO4ALL is one) you need to identify them as WDM audio devices Sinisa and WDM usually allows you to have more than one audio device at a time. In some versions of Windows - XP and earlier, not sure about Vista as we don't have it - you can toggle between the soundcards in the audio settings. It's also possible in XP to have both digital and analogue outputs siultaneously. So you could send a spdif signal to an external card and run the analogue off your internal.

AFAIK though Win 7 doesn't support multiple audio cards and/or multiple simultaneous outs.


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post Jan 31 2012, 01:18 PM
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The way I partially fixed this problem in win7 is using Tony's method of connecting them with digital cable. So, output from integrated card is going digitally into external one, and all sources can be controlled from external card's mixer.

As for using multiple cards, it is possible in both winXP and win7, in separate applications.


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Thank you very much Tony, Ivan! Interesting, I haven't tried the combination with a spdf.That external device is my Boss GT10, which serves me as sound card sometimes ! I'm using Asio4all,and it recognize both cards, but I'm not sure whether I need to set up and configure windows audio option or ASIo panel, or both !? i mean - do I need to put the GT10 as a default sound source or Audigy ,there is a catch somewhere !!!
When i working with Sonar8 everything works like a dream, but multiple streaming crashes all the time !

Anyway,I have a new suggestions now ,keep you updated !!! wink.gif


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Ivan Milenkovic
post Feb 5 2012, 01:02 PM
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Probably ASIO4ALL is creating a conflict if you are using it for all purposes. Not sure when it crashes, but for me, ASIO conflict happens sometimes as well, although I try to keep it controlled.

Audigy can be your main audio card for anything except DAW. I think this way both cards can function nicely. You can use regular windows audio driver for Audigy, and ASIO4ALL in DAW only (or if you use standalone guitar software plugins).


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Feb 5 2012, 12:02 PM) *
Probably ASIO4ALL is creating a conflict if you are using it for all purposes. Not sure when it crashes, but for me, ASIO conflict happens sometimes as well, although I try to keep it controlled.

Audigy can be your main audio card for anything except DAW. I think this way both cards can function nicely. You can use regular windows audio driver for Audigy, and ASIO4ALL in DAW only (or if you use standalone guitar software plugins).


Yes, ASIO generally doesn't like concurrent multiple cards etc. I think ASIO4All gets around this by using WDM etc instead of ASIO - not sure as I don't have/use A4A.


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