New Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver version 2.1.5 for Windows

We are pleased to announce that we have released a new version of the Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver for Windows.
The version 2.1.5 resolves a problem in which launching an application that uses ASIO or changing driver settings while audio is playing stops playback in a running application that uses WDM.

For detailed information, we ask you to refer to the corresponding release notes on the download page.

Best regards,
Stefan Schreiber

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I can confirm that, after installing version 2.1.5. the performance on Cubase is a lot worse.
Using an orchestral template that was working with both 2.1.3. and 2.1.4. - with a random crackle here and there - and using exactly the same buffer size settings, with the new drivers everytime it reaches a busier part, there’s audio dropouts and sound becomes quite glitchy.

Hope you can get this sorted out soon.

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I can also add that it seems that disconnecting all Midi Ports makes all peak issues gone. Currently I’m using a Korg nanoKey 2, a cheap Midi to USB cable (to connect the master keyboard because UR824 doesn’t have proper Midi In and Out), and Cubase has a bunch of SSL 360 related ports added that I disconnected.
Using both nanoKey and Midi USB already brings in the issues. In this case, I’m not sure if these are related with the drivers, or with Cubase 12 engine itself.

Has anyone addressed this? Seems to me 2.1.5 has made my audio completely unreliable - tons of glitches and even a weird effect like the bit rate is off somehow and the music races. I saw in the Windows control panel that the bit rate is hard set to 24 bit and I thought it was strange that there were no other settings available. There has got to be a problem with this version of the driver because my audio setup was fine before the date of the driver which is January 31, 2023.

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Yeah, it’s really strange.
Seems like Cubase is bottlenecking the available resources.
Windows Task Manager shows CPU never reaching above 80% on the main PC, and 60% on the secondary PC (using VEPro).
Disk reading is minimal on both, too.

Since I don’t use Cubase, I can’t speak for all the existing or adding problems with that software…

But for me, it seems that 2.1.5 might well have solved my issue of OBS just kicking my Yamaha AG03MK2 off the USB chain. Will have to do a few more livestreams to confirm, but it was rock solid this time.

It should be noted I also downloaded and installed new chipset drivers from AMD recently, which may have also helped. If you’re using Ryzen, maybe that might help your issues as well.

Wait and see. I’ll try out my AG03MK2 this coming week and see if it breaks again or not.

I have to correct my previous posts. Since I’m using a dual pc system with VEPro, the secondary one was actually reaching 100% use on a couple of its cores. It was enough to bring in the audio breakouts.
Since I opened the previous project file, I upgraded a lot the libraries from the secondary pc - orchestral libraries, with upgraded multiple mics all loaded. That way, I was getting different results. Guess I’ll have to upgrade the CPU on it.

The driver has no issues, sorry for that.

At last latest driver fix hanging issues

Yes finally they’ve released a driver that doesn’t cause issues - on this system at least (Windows 11 PC).

I had to update it anyway as the older 2.0.4 driver didn’t appear to support loopback. Now that I’ve updated to 2.1.5 it’s all working O.K. I always run the driver in “stable” mode and haven’t had any serious dropouts in Cubase or lost audio from other devices.

Let’s hope it stays this way :smiley:

Ah, it broke again. I give up. Back to Focusrite for me.

I upgraded my secondary PC to a Ryzen 5950x, and it’s nowhere reaching its full load on all cores (around 50%).
Still, I’m having the same dropouts.

Now, considering the current results, probably there’s some ASIO setting that 2.1.5. drivers that can explain the weird performance.