Windows: should you use DirectSound(default), WASAPI or ASIO

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Note: this article only applies to Windows (specifically Windows 7 and above)

The general rule of thumb is: if possible try to select in this order: ASIO, WASAPI, DirectSound (default mode).

  • DirectSound - this is the standard audio mode on Windows (along with MME but we don't use that)
  • WASAPI - this is a lot better than
  • ASIO - use this whenever you can. Not all audio devices (soundcards) have a driver for this. Alternatively, you can use ASIO4ALL but you might get mixed results - it might work perfectly or it may not.