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I was using Window Vista, but decided to use my old laptop with Win XP instead. I will continue to use iTune via USB to Benchmark DAC-1.
Some questions after reading this thread.
1. I followed the instructions in Benchmark website, but I can't adjust the volume once I had my Benchmark attached as the volume was grey out. does that mean I don't need to worry about it any more?
2. if I followed all the steps in Benchmark web, does that mean I don't need ASIO4all?
Want to bring this back up to the top of the pile, as my new Keces 152 USB DAC/Headphone amp is waiting at the p.o. for me to pick up tomorrow a.m. I have a very basic question:
1. If you use i-tunes to manage your music library (I have an ipod for traveling so that kind of makes sense for me) can you also use these other players I have been reading about like Foobar and J. River and so forth?
I have found the easiest and most effective is unmapping the device (example uses Empirical Audio device):
Go to Control Panel - System Hardware - Device Manager - Sound Video and Game Controllers Empirical 1.1 - Right-Click and select Properties - Audio Devices Empirical 1.1 - Properties - Set "Do not use audio features" and set "Do not map through this Device"
You will need to reboot and then if you change it back to mapped, then you must re-boot
Steve N. - Thanks so much for the detailed and easy to follow explanation. Then do I need to install a different "driver" or other software. I am using a USB DAC (sorry, not yours but its for a 3rd rig in my home office) and just downloaded J. River Jukebox. I'm reasonably competent in following instructions but I am not sure I totally understand the conceptual framework for PC audio.
No, it did not on my PC, I already experimented with your question.
Control panel > Sounds, speech and audio devices > Change the sound scheme >
The first bar has windows default option and no sounds, you can choose from there and save.
Or, you can select individual sound options from the box near the bottom.
I fully admit I am no PC wiz but I tried following the instructions step by step and lost all sound from my computer. I couldn't get it back, my computer guru couldn't get back, and I ended up having to dump and reload XP. It was a long and costly venture that I am afraid to try again. I hooked up a USB DAC and am going to live with it as is.
Thanks for the responses, but I'm not trying to disable the windows sounds, I'm trying to prevent them from being disabled.
I guess I don't really understand how this can work. If you select "Do not use audio features" for a sound controller in the device manager, how can it be available to programs in windows?
I've tried this with my old desktop with an audigy 2zs pci card and an m-audio audiophile usb external device, and basically it just disables the device in windows, making it no longer available to foobar or any other app. If I select "Do not map to this device" but leave the "use audio features" on, then it works, and it does seem to bypass the kmixer, using either the creative mixer, or the maudio mixer instead.
Am I missing something?
BTW - while I was experimenting with this, I also compared foobar 0.9.x to 0.8.3 (per Steve's suggestion) and boy it is a pretty big difference. It is unfortunate that a lot of the new interface plugins don't work on 0.8.3, but I'll happily sacrifice those for better sound.
Ok, well I finally got this to work and, more importantly, I think I understand how it works. For some reason, I had to reboot several times before foobar worked.
Since the solution disables the sound controller in windows, making all features (including recording and windows sounds) unavailable except for playback, this is overkill for me. I am sticking with ASIO. I can detect no audible difference between using ASIO and by disabling the sound controller in windows when using foobar, and I can still use the other features of my soundcard.
Basis the "What's This" explanation of the choices under Audio device driver:
Option 1: "Do not use audio features on this device" :
Prevents your programs from using this device driver. The driver remains on your disk, but it is no longer loaded into memory when you start your computer.
Option 2: "Do not map through this device"
Prevents your programs from using this device driver. Unless one of your programs specifically requests it, this device will not be used".
My interpretation (and I do not play a microsoft vista design engineer in real life or on TV):
Selecting 1 renders the device generically unavailable. However by selecting 2 as well a program can force mounting of the driver.