Is there a way to listen to sound on your PC through your Audio Interface?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by tootsie, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. tootsie

    tootsie Guest

    I recently purchased an E-MU 0404, and when I have it plugged in, I can listen to files as long as I have Reaper opened and have put the file ON Reaper. Otherwise, I repeatedly have to unplug my headphones from the E-MU, and into my PC if I want to hear music, and back into my E-MU whenever I want to record. Is there a way to listen to the sound on my PC through the Audio Interface? Thank you in advance!
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You can choose what type of sounds come out where, but how you do this depends on which operating system and version you are running. For Windows xx, generally speaking you set the preferences in the "Multimedia", "Sound, Video and Game Controllers", "Sounds and Audio Devices" or "Sounds and Media" entry in the Control Panel.
  3. Shadow_7

    Shadow_7 Active Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    Short answer, disable your computers sound card in the BIOS. Which should make your interface the default sound card. Otherwise using multiple sound cards can get a bit complex. And can otherwise be application specific as to which device is the default device. Setting that up is OS and APPLICATION specific. Unfortunately most programs not meant for studio work assume that you only have one sound card and behave accordingly. Like your web browser. Many audio applications like Reaper, Audacity, and even a few media players let you manually select the card it should use. If you can change the OS configuration to change your default device, that generally trickles down to all applications. Otherwise you have to select per application, IF the program includes that ability.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    While you can generally change what is the default sound output device, many professional computer audio interfaces won't play back sounds that are anything less than 44.1 kHz, 16 bit. A lot of multimedia sound is 22,500 Hz sampling and as low as 8 bit which some interfaces just won't play. In that respect, cheap computer sound card will play back the cheap computer sounds better than the high-priced spread, if at all. Today, that is less of a problem than it was 10 years ago and far less of a problem than it was 15 years ago. And so if you do go into the bios to switch off the onboard sound, you will be generally relieving an IRQ at the same time. But then if you don't have your audio interface plugged in and you try to play something you will get
  5. TommyTheB

    TommyTheB Guest

    I have a Line 6 UX-1. On my Windows XP machine, I simply disabled the on-board sound card in Control Panel and made the UX-1 the default. ALL sounds are now played through the UX-1, which is connected to the computer via USB.

    This is what Boswell has stated in his post.
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