WL keeps losing Audio Connections


Our studio has 9 DAWs with Windows7(64), WL8.5.2, and RME AIO or AES32 cards. Windows sounds is turned off. WL audio device set for ASIO.

Through out each day, between launches or boot ups, WL will lose its connection to the RME card. This lose of connection is not consistent; it does not happen every time. You hit play but the cursur does not move, no sound is played, WL just hangs for a minute unresponsive. Once WL snaps out of it, the work around is to reopen VST audio connections and hit REFRESH. Then things work normally again. All 9 DAWs behave this way.

Why does WL keep losing the audio connection? It shouldn’t. The audio card configuration has not been changed nor are other apps grabbing the card, as far as I know. I tried deactivating WDM devices in the card control panel, but that has not helped.

This never happened in XP/WL6 or earlier. It is frustrating the staff here. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Check your power settings. You’ve probably got things like disk and usb to turn off after a certain amount of time (even if the cards are not usb, remember e.g. the dongle is! Usually on a DAW PC you want all these power settings to be always on - a screensaver shouldn’t cause any problems however.

Thanks for the suggestion BriHar.
I do already have windows computer power settings set for accelerated global warming :wink:
USB, CPU, HDD, DISPLAY are always on/max.


I think you should contact RME about this as well
it can be combination of OS, computer, (WL) and drivers etc

regards S-EH

WYCA, just wondered: did you have any of the computers on Wavelab 8.0.x with or without the same problem, or did you just go straight from Wavelab 6 to Wavelab 8.5? I’m running Wavelab 8.0.3 on one Win 7 64 computer here with RME HDSPe AES for a long time now with no disconnects ever. Have you tried 8.0.4 as an additional install?

Agreed. Since no one has posted here with similar experiences then it may indeed be specific to my hardware combo.

I had simultaneously post over at RME forum. Anyone interested can follow here…

Hi bob99,

Correct, straight from XP/WL6 to W7/WL8.5. I have not tried 8.0.4.
Interesting to know you have had no problems. It may be specific to my hardware combo. Maybe time to start swapping PCIe slots and such…

This happens occasionally for me as well - there’s no rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of re-pressing play/rewind/whatever to reset; other times, I have to close and re-open WL. I’m on Win7 64, Roland Quad Capture, WL 8.5.2.

Just had this happening here a couple of times on different occasions, maybe 3-4 hours after starting up Wavelab. WL8.5.2 on Windows 8 with a Lynx Two-B card. The last time Wavelab woudn´t restart after shutting the program down, so I had to reboot the PC. Never been an issue Before.

Best Regards

WYCA … I wonder if you are describing the same ‘condition’ recently discussed here:


My DAW seems to behave a bit different, but maybe it´s the same basic problem? The ASIO connection for me has Always been lost after using Wavelab for a while. Everything is is ok at boot up, but when I lost ASIO Connection it was when switching between different wav:s. Trying to refresh ASIO didn´t help. When I shut down Wavelab and tried a restart, nothing happened, because Wavelab was still running according to the task manager. So I had to shut that process down Before Wavelab started again - and after the reboot, ASIO connection was back!

I checked the wav:s I was working on when this happened (again today), and actually one of the files I was switching between was 48kHz, and the others 44,1kHz. I´m not sure if Wavelab tried to switch samplerate when I´ve lost ASIO Connection, but I wouldn´t rule that out - thus, it may be the same basic problem.

[EDIT: I can now confirm that it is when switching between wav:s with different fs that the ASIO connection is lost]

Nice to see PG responding in the other thread! Hope there is a fix soon.

Best Regards

Yes, appears to be the same symptom… still “enjoying” the daily exercise of driver-refreshing…

Hmmm … WYCA on our system the RME (AIO) will allow WL to play again after a short while. No refresh is required. Also, on the other thread, I made the observation that I had reason to suspect that this issue is more to do with the RME card/driver. The reason is that in my system, the RME send AES to Mytek converters. I notice that the lights on the Mytek are lit, but frozen, as though it was receiving AES from the RME but WL appeared to be ‘hanging’. This might not be immediately obvious unless you are sending AES to an external converter. I think in your systems you also send AES as well? Good luck.

I get this about every second day but ALWAYS when I load a file that has a different sample rate than the one previously loaded. Example - I have a 44.1/16 bit file in the editor and then open a 24/96 file. WL completely dies and no amount of pressing, prodding or clicking will get it to actually start. Have to kill the entire session.

Bloody annoying.

(Sidenote - before anyone chimes in to say “click this in Options or Click that under VST connections” - trust me when I say - I have clicked everything that is possible to click with no success)

But - if I load up Studio One Pro on the same computer with the same RME Multiface - I can load and play files of all different sample rates and bit depths all day long without the slightest hint of any issues. Same for iZotope RX4.

Since RME and Steinberg reside in the same country and presumably have good working relationship - it surprises me (and disappoints) that they cannot get their collective heads together and get a working layout.

Given Wavelabs “professional” status - you would think it would be one of the major apps that would have no issues like this.


Did this problem just start with Wavelab 8.5? We’re still running WL 8.0.4 and have never had this problem with RME or Lynx.

I am on 8.5 - but honestly can’t remember if it was an issue back in the 8.04 days. Big difference too in this equation are the latest v4 RME drivers (currently @ 4.06) that most certainly will have a bit of an effect on things.

Personally tho - I am starting to doubt Wavelabs stability overall as it seems to be the only pro level app out there that consistently won’t play nice with standard vendor plugins (Piles of threads on that topic in here) and this ongoing saga with RME.

Almost seems like WL has it’s own “non standard” methods to talk to industry standard plugins and drivers- which in turn fail when you really need it to work.

With something like Studio One over here - I honestly have never actually seen a glitch, slowdown, hesitation or anything else using the same plugins and audio interface that is available to WL.

So whatever Presonus is doing in their app - maybe they can share some of that magic with PG and get WL back to stable.


Bruce is right about the plug-in issues. It’s kind of a double whammy since VST is pretty much a Steinberg-only thing nowadays (at least on macs), and doubles my maintenance chores (triples if I count PT, but I don’t really!). When they don’t work it makes the format issue worse.

I think it was better in 8.04, but that could be relative to soundBlade. Circa 8.01-03 I rarely used sB at all, but since 8.5 I’ve frequently used sB over WL due to better plug-in handling. It probably helps that it runs both AU and VST, so when there’s a problem you can just use whichever is working. WL can’t do that, so it gets blamed when the VST is munged, whomevers fault it may be.

Bruce and Daved, I feel for you about the plugins. We’ve been very lucky to have virtually no issues at all with what we’ve been using with Wavelab since Wavelab 6: UAD, Waves, Sonnox, TC. (except an early issue with Waves transparent display I solved by swapping out the video card to another manufacturer).
I’ve wondered through all the discussions why so many people say every third party plugin they use works fine in Cubase, Reaper, Studio One, Pro Tools, Logic, etc., and I always got the feeling maybe, just maybe, those programs were possibly more tolerant about parameters and behavior they were willing to accept from a plugin that wasn’t strictly by the book. And that Wavelab was much more strict in it’s requirements. I don’t really know what I’m talking about, and someone can tell me that has nothing to do with it, but I always got that feeling.

Ha … the grass is always greener. Except we know that it usually isn’t when you’re there (first big crash after set up of a new ProFools system).

My gut says it’s the other way around - WL uses some substandard oddball way of loading/using/talking to industry standard plugs and the other guys do it right.

The never ending graphics issues with plugins in WL etc etc have been happening for a long while. In the past I have even spoke to developers of specific plugs I use - like WaveArts for example - and even they say that WL has a very strange plugin pipeline and that it’s one of the only apps to consistently kick out errors and issues.

Honestly - it blows my mind that a supposedly “Steinberg” product - whose development team should have access to most detailed VST specs and standards possible (Since Steinberg invented VST) - end up being the one app out there that barfs on plugins (and now audio drivers) the most?

It begs the question - does PG ever trade notes with the Cubase or Nuendo devs? Why is it that Nuendo is rock solid in the plugin and driver department and clunky ole WL is left bringing up the rear?

Seems to me that all three apps FROM Steinberg (Nuendo, Cubase AND Wavelab) - should all use the same identical code to load and use VST plugins correctly.