Fix Neural DSP ASIO and No Windows Sounds

Are you having trouble with disabled or missing Windows audio while using Neural DSP plugins like Soldano SLO-100? Read on to find out how I identified and fixed the issue on my system.

ASIO – The Likely Culprit

SSL 2+ USB Audio Interface

I use a Solid State Logic SSL 2+ USB Audio Interface with the SLO-100 and Darkglass Ultra plugins. For this tutorial I will illustrate examples using the Soldano SLO-100 standalone application.

For optimum performance with Neural DSP’s plugins, you should be using ASIO drivers. There is a generic driver called ASIO4ALL that works well with most audio interfaces, but if your device manufacturer (Focusrite, SSL etc.) provides their own, you should – in most cases – install and use it for optimum performance.

To check which ASIO drivers you have at your disposal, click the gear icon to open the Audio Settings dialog, then see what options you have available. In my case, I am using the Solid State Logic ASIO Driver that was provided with my SSL 2+ device.

SLO-100 Audio Settings - Check your selected Audio Device driver
SLO-100 Audio Settings – Check your selected Audio Device driver

Identifying the issue: ASIO and Windows Audio Sample Rate Mismatch

Every time I started up my Neural DSP plugins, I would lose Windows Audio. This would prevent me from playing guitar / bass over YouTube videos, Spotify songs, etc. The only remedy was to close the Neural DSP application, click the Speaker icon in the system tray, then manually switch away from and back to my SSL audio interface. This got me thinking about why the Neural app and Windows couldn’t both use ASIO at the same time.

I opened the SSL USB Control Panel and noticed that when I had the Neural plugin open, the Sample Rate was 44100 Hz:

SSL USB Control Panel showing 44100 Hz sample rate

When I closed the plugin, the sample rate defaulted back to 48000 Hz, my preferred Windows Audio setting:

SSL USB Control Panel showing 48000 Hz sample rate

I had two options; A) Change my Windows Audio sample rate or B) Change the Neural DSP plugin sample rate. I chose the latter, and adjusted it in the Audio Settings dialog like so:

SLO-100 Audio Settings - Adjust your Sample Rate
SLO-100 Audio Settings – Adjust your Sample Rate

ASIO <3 Windows <3 Neural

After matching the Windows and Neural sample rates, I was able to resume shredding with BGM once again. Here’s the SSL USB Control Panel showing the updated 48k sample rate, for good measure:

SSL USB Control Panel showing 44100 Hz sample rate

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Thanks for reading, and if this article helped you out, leave a comment! I’d be delighted to know if it saved you a headache 🙂

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