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.
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.
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.
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.