Best driver for cubase

I downloaded Cubase and immediately had issues with my Cakewalk on the same computer. The culprit appears to be the "generic " driver that Cubase installs . are there alternative drivers that can install?

You should use the specific ASIO driver for your sound card with Cubase.

I remember the generic low latency driver – not only the one from Steinberg, but also one from Magix – causing nasty problems with SONAR (or maybe it was Cakewalk by BandLab by that point - in the past. The problem seemed to be that the Cakewalk application would read drivers in alphabetical order, and it would get into some kind of nasty loop that was very difficult to break out of when it encountered the generic ASIO drivers that Magix and Steinberg installed because both “generic” and “Magix” came before “MOTU” in my case (I use a MOTU 828x interface). It wasn’t an issue if you were using a sample rate set was the same for both devices (the generic one just used my onboard sound card, I think – or maybe it was if the device was already at the same sample rate as the project you were opening), but when the sample rates weren’t matched, then it got that weird loop. The only workaround when it was in that state was to find a way to exit the program (you had to be fast and know the keystrokes and luck into getting them entered in the brief moments when the program returned control to the user between dialog boxes), then go out and separately change the sample rate for your device to the one needed for the project (I think – this was a long time ago).

I eventually found instructions on how to remove the generic low latency drivers from the system, but I couldn’t find the instructions now in a search. The closest I’ve found, which does ring a bell in that I’m pretty sure it was removing some registry entries, is in the thread at How can I remove the generic low latency asio driver? - Computer Setup and System Configuration Forum - KVR Audio. I am thinking Jim Roseberry was the source of the information I saw, though.

It wasn’t only Cakewalk that had the issue. Studio One also did at the time (I think the version I was trying was 3), and I seem to remember it was even worse there. Neither Samplitude nor Cubase had an issue with that – they’d switch to the right sample rates, whether or not the previous settings of the device were the same as the settings for the project.

Here, do this, it’s very straight forward. Just remember that you HAVE TO DO THIS EVERYTIME YOU DOWNLOAD AN UPDATE FOR CUBASE OR WAVELAB BECAUSE THE STEINBERG GENERIC ASIO DRIVER IS REINSTALLED AT THE SAME TIME.

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Great answer! Btw removing the driver is done via “regedit”

What driver should use?

If you are using an audio interface that is supplied with an ASIO driver, use that driver.

If your interface does not have an ASIO driver, you could try the Steinberg Low Latency driver, ASIO4ALL or FlexASIO. All have advantages and disadvantages - it is a question of what works best for you.

ASIO4ALL is really good now.
Make sure you install the latest version.

Thank you!