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.


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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 J. Piczak Jul 9 '13 at 12:22
  • I unticked 'release driver when app is in background,’ and in Cubase 10 Pro THAT is working for me so far. My evidence dies that I am typing this and listening to Cubase at the same time. BIG LOTS OF THANKS!!!!! This was driving me crazy. – rul Dec 7 '19 at 19:57

Go to Devices/Device Setup then under VST Audio System on the right side of the window Tick the option underneath ASIO Driver that says release driver when app is in background... ;-p that worked for me.

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    This is the answer. As long as Cubase is not the active window then the drivers will be released to other applications(but Cubase's audio will be disabled, obviously). – Marc W Nov 14 '15 at 18:36
  • "Release driver when app is in background", yes! Thanks! – Hartmut P. Oct 13 '18 at 11:24

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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  • It's worth noting that Ableton, Logic, and Protools can all run outside audio at the same time, even with the DAW focused, SO LONG as the separate audio is running through a different output device. Cubase is the only one I've found that won't allow this even with multiple devices. (Although, I wasn't mixing in 2013, so this info is for >2016). This should not affect your project at all, as the audio is not overlapping – Aethenosity Sep 11 at 4:31
  1. go to speaker icon and right click. and sounds option.
  2. on sound properties dialog box click properties.
  3. on speaker properties , go to advanced tab and click restore default and apply it. This should solve your problem.
    • Jagan Rai.
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