OS X users will no doubt laugh at the thought of having to install specialist drivers, but for anyone on the Windows platform, it’s a fact of reality you just have to live with. Which is why the ASIO4ALL drivers were such a big deal when they came out. Essentially, installing the drivers meant getting the performance from low latency ASIO-enabled hardware on pretty much any soundcard, from a built-in laptop part to a SoundBlaster PCI card.
Along with the ASIO-like latency, the software also brings with it some other nifty abilities such as aggregating multiple devices. For many Windows-based DJs, this is an essential bit of kit. This latest version seems to be mostly about fixing a few issues, particularly with 64-bit OSes as well as other bugs.
Changes since version 2.10
Improvement: Make an attempt to reclaim an unavailable audio device, includes workaround for a (confirmed) Windows bug.
Improvement: Add general fixed factor resampling capability
Improvement: Latencies now displayed for the preferred buffer size, if host elects to violate the spec.
Improvement: Support for single common sample rate that is *not* a multiple of 8 or 11.05
Workaround: Realtek PULL mode not supported for “odd” ASIO buffer sizes. Symptom was a “Beyond Logic” error depending on ASIO buffer size.
Fix: ASR issue with MSVC 2013 x64 -> Performance impact with hosts compiled with MSVC 2013
Fix: UI appearance with different system locale
Fix: Hang with some x64 hosts
Fix: Crash on exit of A4Apanel64.exe
Fix: Minor memory leak
Fix: All known 2.11 Beta(1,2) regressions fixed!
My favourite bit of the FAQ is this:
Q: (Version 1.x) An 80kB file is all I get. Is the download broken?
A: No at all. The ASIO4ALL driver itself has a size of a mere 24kB. The remainder is taken up by the installer. This is one of the benefits of assembly language coding: It doesn’t take more than that in order to do what ASIO4ALL does!
The file size for this version has gone up slightly (five times) – to a whopping 430kB – but for what the software can do, it’s pretty amazing.