In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Windows 2 sound cards simultaneously in your DAW software. This allows you to use more inputs and outputs simultaneously to record in your music studio. This works with your internal Realtek sound card plus external audio interface or with any other combination …
How-To: Use 2 sound cards at the same time If you have a tight budget, sometimes you would like to use the inputs of the internal sound card or simply use the borrowed audio interface of a friend in the DAW software. While some music programs on Mac offer this from home, it looks quite different on Windows: here is the 2 sound cards at the same time just not intended. Or is it? Yes, it works and here you will learn how. What is needed is a free driver available on the internet, which you should set up using our tutorial. It’s easy, just look …
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1 Driver setup
Download and install the alternative driver ASIO4ALL . For me, the current beta version 2.11 Beta 1 runs absolutely stable, you can try it with this. Click on “Next>” in the installation window, check the box next to “I accept […]”, click on “Next>” twice again and then on “Install”.
start 2 daw
Start your DAW software now and visit the configuration dialog for the audio devices. Make sure that the selected audio driver is ASIO4ALL. Then click the button to configure the driver. The ASIO4ALL interface appears, we continue in the next step …
3 device list
Here you can see on the left the list of Windows recognized and ready to use sound cards or audio interfaces. The bright power button icon indicates the device that is currently being used by ASIO4ALL. For us, that was the Onyx Blackjack Audio.
4 second sound card
Click the dark icon next to the second sound card to use the previously disabled device. Now both switches should light up – only then both devices are active.
5 inputs and outputs
To make sure that you have all the inputs and outputs in the tracks of your DAW, you may need to enable them in ASIO4ALL. Click on the small arrow to the left of the listed audio device. Now the list with inputs and outputs works out. Again, a glowing icon represents the activated state, so unlock any inputs and outputs you want to use. If you also see a “?” Instead of the correct input or output name, do not let it distract you. The channels work anyway.
assign 6 tracks
Now you put in your DAW for testing purposes, a new project with two new audio tracks and set them so that the one track of Audio Interface 1 (in our internal Realtek) is fed …
done! … and the other of Audio Interface 2 (onyx). If everything works, you can now use 2 sound cards simultaneously and use all inputs for recording. In theory, that works with more than just two devices, but we did not test that anymore.
Conclusion on the subject 2 sound cards at the same time Although it is technically possible to use multiple audio interfaces for recordings in your home music studio: it’s just a workaround and does not necessarily have to be done with every single device. Our tests have also shown that this solution does not necessarily have to work stably and with low latency
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