Hello there. This is my first post to this forum as I'm seriously in need of some advice/help/something.
The story so far - many years back, I used to dabble with midi music production using an Atari 1080STE Steinberg pro24 and an old Roland D10. I never went very far, being held back by lack of money to buy more equipment. I dropped this hobby but always had a plan to pick it up again if I ever had a decent job that would allow me to buy the kit.
Time passes and virtual instruments are created....
Last month, I bought myself a new laptop with pretty good specs (5th gen i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSHD Windows 10, USB3) and thought to myself that I'd look into DAWs and VSTs to see if I could pick up from where I left off back in the 90s. So far so good. However, on setting up Reaper and checking in forums, it looks like an ASIO driver is needed for lowest latency (I've already noticed some clicks in bits of music that I've made). I found 'ASIO4All and downloaded it. It won't install at all - there's no tray icon and I can't select it within Reaper settings.
On top of this, I was considering getting Reason 8 as the current deal gives you shed loads of free instruments ($500 or £300 worth) if you buy before the end of the year. On looking through the specs needed, it states 'ASIO driver'.
I thought that perhaps an external sound card might help but other forums mention that these are only really useful for external connections (guitar, bass, etc) and I'm only interested in virtual music (dance, trance, etc).
The installed sound card is RealTek High Definition Audio.
I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't check the sound card driver compatibility thing before I bought the laptop but I had no idea at the time. Still...
So, how do I fix my problem without resorting to opening the laptop (and voiding the warranty!) and putting a new sound card in? I've already gone to Device Manager and tried to update the driver from there but Windows tells me that the best driver is already installed (huh?)
Cheers for the reply. Oddly enough, Reaper has now decided to see the Asio driver and it can be selected. However, there is no sound being registered when using the virtual keyboard (nothing showing on the meters) and no output to my headphones. I had both when using 'Wave Out'.
I don't expect a reply to this - I'll now start searching for a solution to my new problem - but I thought I'd let you know that my issue below is sort of fixed-ish.
Yes, I remember the bollox I had with MoBo soundcards back in the day. Frustrating.
Since ASIO4all doesn't want to be installed(?), I would strongly suggest buying/getting a dedicated audio interface. With this new "external soundcard" you will get ASIO, better audio and lower latency. Basically your life will improve overall.
There are some pretty good budget USB audio interfaces out there that does the job. Prices range from fairly cheap to bloody expensive, where the latter exceeds in quality of converters and number of I/O (ins and outs), etc.
I don't have a windows 10 laptop, but my older laptop has ASIO4ALL installed on it. It is running the realtek drivers with no problem. According to the site Asio4all is working on Windows 10. Perhaps you had an install problem? Try deinstalling and reinstalling (2.13 version if you haven't already). Sorry I couldn't be more helpful than that.
Yeah I'll just re-emphasize "high latency" - if you ever want to work with a midi controller, the internal sound card is just going to drive you crazy with delay between the time you press something on the controller and the time the sound is affected by it.
The standard gear you have to layout money for is: