An Audio Interface replaces your computer’s internal sound card. Using a dedicated audio interface is preferred when using pro-level recording software to ensure the best audio quality input and output for recording, mixing, and playback. Most commonly, audio interfaces are connected via USB, while some older devices may utilize Firewire, and some newer devices may utilize USB-C or Thunderbolt connections.
Some audio interfaces are plug and play, while others require an audio device driver, typically downloaded from the manufacturer's website. Check the manufacturer’s site to ensure you’re using the latest available drivers before following the steps below!
To connect a USB Audio Interface to Cakewalk by BandLab:
- Connect your device to your machine prior to starting Cakewalk by BandLab
- Launch Cakewalk by BandLab
- Go to Edit > Preferences, or press P when the Start Screen is closed to open the Preferences menu
- Under Audio > Playback and Recording, set your Driver Mode to ASIO. If your device does not utilize a driver from the manufacturer, try WASAPI Shared (Windows 10), or WDM/KS (Windows 7 or 8)
- Under Audio > Devices, make sure your device is selected in both Input and Output categories.
Click Apply and OK to save your changes!