I just upgraded from Cubase LE5 to Cubase 8 Artist (in fact it was a full install) and found a serious drawback since it grabs the sound card and other programs like Itunes, Youtube, etc. will not be able to access it . I checked the “Release Sound Card when in background” and the result is, that it never find it back upon returning in Cubase. From Youtube in the tutorial back to Cubase, I lost my output!
The sound card in the Windows Control Panel is set to “No Sound” for Windows Scheme.
This issue prevents me from going from a Cubase project to the Tutorial since it uses Youtube. I found a work around, since I have an other Realtech sound card that came with the computer, I was able to isolate my Akai USB interface for Cubase use only, and since I had an other set of speakers I was able to make it work. However, this is not acceptable because when my headphones are in the Akai interface and I switch to the tutorial I can’t get the sound in my headphones!
Furthermore, with the “Release Soundcard when in background” checked, the playback stops the moment I focus on an other program like MS-Word for instance, which is not helping upon recording a voice and reading lyrics in an MS-Word!
If this cannot be fixed, in my opinion makes the all upgrade to 8 a fiasco.