Digidesign ASIO Driver v5.3.3b2
For Pro Tools 5.3.x Windows XP Systems Only
The Digidesign ASIO Driver v5.3.3b2 is a multichannel, multimedia sound driver that allows third-party audio programs which support the ASIO standard to record and play back through the following systems on Windows XP Professional or Home:
Full-duplex recording and playback of 24- and 16-bit audio are supported at sample rates supported by the hardware and ASIO program used.
* The download on this page from February 14, 2003 is newer than the one included with the Pro Tools LE 5.3.3 CD and download. All other Pro Tools 5.x systems did not include the ASIO driver on the Pro Tools CD or downloads. If you have one of the Pro Tools 5.3.x Windows XP systems listed above and you want to use the ASIO driver, you will need the Digidesign ASIO Driver 5.3.3b2 download on this page.
Pro Tools TDM 6.1 and Pro Tools LE 6.1.1
All Pro Tools 6.1 TDM and LE installation CDs include the Digidesign ASIO Driver Installer. The 5.3.3 and 6.1 versions have the same functionality and support for the same applications.
The latest version of the Digidesign ASIO Driver 6.1.1 will work with all Pro Tools LE Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, Digi 001, and AudioMedia III hardware systems with Pro Tools LE 6.1.1 installed. For more information, see the Digidesign ASIO Driver v6.1.1 Download Page
Standalone ASIO Driver
Owners of Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools|24 MIX, Pro Tools|24, Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, Digi 001, and AudioMedia III hardware systems that want a stand-alone ASIO driver (without any version of Pro Tools software installed), should use the Digidesign ASIO Driver v6.1.1. For more information, see the Digidesign ASIO Driver v6.1.1 Download Page
The following programs have been tested with the ASIO Driver 5.3.3b2:
*Plug-in or AudioMedia III stand-alone only. For more information, see "ASIO Driver and Native Instruments Programs" below and in the included ASIO Driver Beta2 Read Me.
Some third-party programs require a later version for the ASIO Driver to work properly. For example, Steinberg Nuendo v1.5 or higher, Propellerhead Reason v1.0.1 or higher, Vaz2010 v1.0.3 or higher, and VirSyn TERRA v1.1R1 or higher are required.
Pro Tools 6.1 users should install the ASIO Driver from their Pro Tools 6.1 CD
Pro Tools LE 6.1.1 users should use the Digidesign ASIO Driver 6.1.1
Installing the ASIO Driver 5.3.3b2
If you plan to use Pro Tools, Pro Tools must be installed before the ASIO Driver in order for both to function correctly. If the ASIO Driver was installed before Pro Tools, removed both programs from the Add/Remove Control Panel, re-install Pro Tools, then re-install the ASIO Driver.
On Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools|24 MIX, Pro Tools|24, Digi 001, and AudioMedia III systems, the ASIO Driver can be used as a stand-alone driver (without Pro Tools software installed). However, if you previously installed Pro Tools software before installing the ASIO Driver and at a later time remove Pro Tools, leaving the ASIO Driver installed, the ASIO Driver will not function correctly. You will need to rerun the ASIO Driver installer if you plan to continue using the ASIO Driver without Pro Tools.
To install the ASIO Driver 5.3.3b2
Removing the ASIO Driver 5.3.3b2
If you need to remove the ASIO Driver from your computer, complete the following steps.
To remove the ASIO Driver:
How to Change ASIO Driver Settings
Please see the included Digidesign ASIO Driver Beta 5.3.3b2 Read Me
Be sure to read the Digidesign ASIO Driver Beta 5.3.3b2 Read Me carefully for specific instructions. The following sections document known issues you may encounter in using the ASIO Driver, along with workarounds if they exist.
Remember, this is beta software. If you encounter problems with your third-party software program, please contact the manufacturer.
Reaktor v3.05 Cannot Be Exited, then Relaunched
Launching, exiting, and then relaunching Reaktor v3.05 causes Reaktor to shut down without saving, and the system to automatically reboot. If this occurs, let the system complete its reboot, then manually reboot the system again to regain ASIO functionality. To maintain stable ASIO functionality, do not launch and relaunch Reactor.
Loop Points in Propellerhead Reason Cannot Be Adjusted During Playback when Reason is Slaved to Ableton LIVE
When Propellerhead Reason is the slave program for Ableton LIVE, adjusting the loop points in Reason's MIDI sequencer during playback causes LIVE to shut down without saving, and the system to automatically reboot. If this occurs, let the system complete its reboot, then manually reboot the system again to regain ASIO functionality. To maintain stable ASIO functionality when Reason is slaved to LIVE, do not adjust the loop points in Reason during playback. Instead, stop playback first, then adjust the loop points.
Digi 001 and Digi 002 MIDI Ports are Not Supported with the ASIO Driver
The ASIO Driver cannot be used with the MIDI ports of Digi 001 and Digi 002. As a workaround, you can use a third-party MIDI interface (such as MIDIMAN 4x4).
The MIDI ports on Digi 001 & Digi 002 can be used by Pro Tools software, as Pro Tools does not use the ASIO Driver.
Digidesign WaveDriver Not Supported with ASIO Driver
The ASIO Driver cannot be installed on systems which also have the Digidesign WaveDriver installed. The ASIO Driver installer will remove this functionality. If you would like to regain WaveDriver functionality at a later date, remove the ASIO Driver, then re-install the WaveDriver. Also, check back for updates of the ASIO Driver.
Pops using 128 Buffer Size Settings and Moving Windows
You may hear pops and clicks using the 128 Buffer Size setting while moving windows. Should this happen, use a higher Buffer Size setting.
64 Buffer Size Setting is Not Supported for Digi 002
While the smallest Buffer Size for Digi 002 is 64, this buffer setting is currently not supported with the ASIO Driver.
Digidesign ASIO Control Panel is Inaccessible through Steinberg’s WaveLab v4.0
When using Steinberg’s WaveLab v4.0, attempting to access the Digidesign ASIO Control Panel will result in the default driver being set back to the onboard MME driver after a warning message is displayed: "This driver doesn't seem to match any hardware on this machine." In order to access the Digidesign ASIO Control Panel, use an ASIO application other than Wavelab.
Reason Outputs Silence using 128 Buffer Size Setting and High Sample Rates
When using Propellerhead Reason with a 96k or higher sample rate, switching the Buffer Size to 128 will cause the output to go silent. Other Buffer Size settings do not mute the output. In order to reset Reason, switch to a Buffer Size setting other than 128, close Reason, reboot your computer, and launch Reason.
ASIO Driver and Native Instruments Programs
The ASIO Driver cannot support the audio input functionality of Native Instruments programs, except when used with AudioMedia III (as a stand-alone driver), or when used as a plug-in within another program (such as Nuendo) with other Digidesign hardware. This is because Native Instruments Program inputs only work with hardware that reports a 32-bit data path. (All Digidesign hardware except AudioMedia III reports a 24-bit data path.) Audio output is not effected.
Unplugging Mbox while Using the ASIO Driver
Unplugging Mbox while the ASIO Driver is active is not supported. Doing so will cause unexpected errors to occur.
ASIO System Overload with Logic Audio
Should you receive an ASIO System Overload dialog when using the ASIO
Driver with Emagic Logic Audio, try turning off the transition effect
in your Windows Display Properties.
Digidesign ASIO Driver Q & A
Q: Is there a Mac version of the ASIO Driver?
Q: Will the ASIO Driver be included in product
Q: Will the ASIO driver work with Windows XP
Q: What are the primary known limitations of
the beta ASIO Driver?
Q: With the ASIO Driver, will it be possible
to use non-Digidesign hardware (such as MOTU or RME cards) with Pro Tools
Q: Can you use Pro Tools and an ASIO program
(or more than one ASIO program) at the same time?
Q: Can you use Digidesign hardware along with
the beta ASIO Driver 5.3.3b2 without installing Pro Tools?
Q: Will there be new versions of the Digidesign
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