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

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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