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If I run cubase, I can't run spotify or any other sound program at the same time. does this have to do with my soundcard and is my soundcard substandard for this?

If I exit cubase then I can use spotify and other soundprograms normally.

Why?

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What audio driver are you using with Cubase? Most DAWs work in exclusive mode. You can try using shared mode with WASAPI, though low-latency performance may vary. –  Karol Piczak Jul 9 '13 at 12:22

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This is by design - when running a full featured DAW, the assumption is that it will be controlling all sound, otherwise the project you are working on may not end up as you expect.

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