sorry ellis, I know you are in to all of this, but this reads like a hobbyist turning things on and off that they have no idea about.ellisdj said:For starters you want to bypass windows sound service - you want to turn it off competely - there are 2 services in windows that disables the sound service
Then try different methods of transmitting audio Kernal Streaming I think is the oldest and actually sounds the best - better than asio and better than wasapi.
If you running out of the motherboard usb - thats another area to look into as its massively limiting the sonic performance.
I can go on all day - making a computer sound good for audio is a project to itself - look at the new Naim flagship streamer - look at the lengths they have gone to make a computer sound good - faraday cages and all sorts going on - thats what it takes.
You can download the free version of Fidelizer which will disable a few things and optimise a few things - give that a try and see what you think?
The paid version is much better than the free but it will give you an idea - they have just released a new verison which is supposed to be epic but I havent tried it yet
If people are worried about USB that much, switch to firewire - Thats why a lot of studios still use it as it streams the data, not packet based like usb - much better fo synchronisation if that;s something you want to worry about.
All of the things you talk about would be easily proven by running a virtual patch and audiodiffmaker now I come to think about it, that way you could see if it is making a real word difference or not.