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Not a bash, just an observation.
I was playing my VST's thru a cheapish (ish) laptop and had far better results with latency when I purchased a focusrite Scarlett Solo external USB interface than I ever did with Windows drivers or ASIO4ALL.
Fast forward a year, and I thought I'd purchase a desktop PC. More ram! Faster m. 2SSD! Faster cpu!
Anyway, my focusrite USB suddenly was picking up interference (cpu noises hdd noises, ugly stuff) that I never had with the laptop. Various fixes present themselves... Isolators, external USB powered interfaces etc.

Before I spent more money, I downloaded Asio4all again for my realtek (ugh) chipset. So I bypassed the focusrite, went straight from speaker out on the PC to my monitors using ASIO4all at 64 buffer.
Flawless. No interference. No perceptable latency.

Seems that buying an external interface may not be the best solution *depending on your setup*
I'm happy. Focusrite up for sale -*shrugs*

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I also found that a new computer could virtual instruments run pretty well without ASIO.

I tried it with WASAPI and it ran well. That was not possible with the older computer.

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I couldn't get any output with Wasapi... Not With NI Noire anyway.. It worked with Pianoteq however. Obviously a setting that shouldn't be in the 'too hard' basket.

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I have a similar problem with my Focusrite, but only when I connect my nearfield monitors to the Focusrite. I suspect the cause is in the usb powered device. when I use an external USB hub it disappeared.


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USB connections are a common source of wonderful digital noises mad... Use always powered USB hubs to reduce that noise (and, on better cases, completely remove it). Don't ask how I know crazy


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It is worth noting that Windows 10 has, for a while now, supported a special low latency mode, as well as reduced overall latency with WASAPI. The only caveat is that it's up to the developer to update their code to support low latency mode.

In my experience, this is significantly superior and more convenient than Asio4All. Uses less system resources, is just as low latency, is much more stable with no cracks or pops. And crucially, (for me, anyway), it doesn't lock audio to a single application. So I can watch a performance of a piece I'm working on in YouTube or load up a backing track while still using low latency mode.

So far, Pianoteq and all UVI workstation instruments support low latency mode. I don't think Kontakt officially does yet but it goes pretty low. Synchron Player doesn't yet either. But these days I mostly load my VSTs through a DAW, Tracktion Waveform, which natively supports low latency mode. So I get to play VSL instruments with latency that's indistinguishable from my piano's built-in engine. It's been quite nice during my virtual piano lessons.

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USB connections are a common source of wonderful digital noises mad... Use always powered USB hubs to reduce that noise (and, on better cases, completely remove it). Don't ask how I know crazy

Given OU812’s observation, some desktop PCs are also a source of wonderful noises.


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