MAD: How to Monitor your system sound (WDM) independently from the ASIO Host.


You want to have separate outputs for your DAW (ASIO) and Windows sound.


The Merging Audio Device Driver installed and configured (as described in the MAD Installation page)
A Merging RAVENNA/AES67 device connected to your computer.


There are different possibilities to achieve this, choose the one that best suits your needs.

  1. Use a dedicated Source with your Anubis
    Using a dedicated source on your Anubis allows you to listen to WDM audio when it is required, in combination with the Anubis Sum feature.
    Create a new Source in your Anubis, in this example we will call it "WDM".
    For further help on creating sources, see the Basic Anubis Monitoring case.  

    Open the Merging Audio Device panel.
    In the WDM Settings section, activate the Speakers (MAD Output), and set the Outputs map (and Inputs map if required) to the desired ASIO channels. 
    In our example, we will set it to 9-10, while keeping the DAW - ASIO host Inputs and Outputs on the first ASIO bank 1-8
    In Aneman, connect ASIO outputs to the new Anubis source (named "WDM" in our example).  

    You can now easily turn on or off the Windows Audio on your Anubis, and it won't interfere with your DAW-ASIO Host.
    Note : If you don't use a managed switch, especially configured for RAVENNA / AES67 network, please use Unicast connections to avoid network issue.
  2. Disable Windows System sounds
    Go in Windows Control Panel > Sound > Sounds tab and set the Sound scheme to None.

  3. Configure Windows to use different WDM sound devices per application
    Windows allows you to set specific audio devices to applications.
    Go in Windows Settings > System > Sound and select Advanced sound options to configure the applications Outputs and Inputs (if relevant).
    The application must be started to be displayed in this page.
    For example, this allows you to use Merging Audio Device WDM for media players applications, and have Windows System sounds on another device.

Notes :

  • Remember that for higher sampling rates, the number of channels is reduced (see the number of channels per sampling rate in the MAD Panel - Channel Settings section).
    Therefore, make sure you have mapped the WDM channels to available ASIO channels (eg. WDM mapped to 9-10 won't work if you only have 8 ASIO outputs available).
  • WDM Audio is currently not available for DSD sampling rates
  • Some Windows Audio applications can't run higher than 192 Khz or may not be compatible with multi-channels outputs above stereo.  
    See this page for details