Having checked out all of my other audio applications, none of them mute the sound card. I do have the latest driver for it, so that’s not the problem.
Sorry, Steinberg - but in a strange way, I’m glad I didn’t spend the money on the full version. This is the first time I’ve been let down by any of your software - and I’ve been with this since Cubase VST 3.7! But all is not lost - I’m hoping for an upgrade soon that will make this problem but a distant memory.
Until then, I remain resigned to clicking on my audio card icon in the Taskbar to bring back my sound. C’mon, Steinberg - if anyone can do it, you guys can!