(apologies if this is off-topic for this forum - I looked around and this seemed the most appropriate!)

I have an audio interface / mixer (Zoom Livetrak L-8) with support for 2 independent stereo output channels from the connected computer (1-2 and 3-4). Its driver makes available both an ASIO and standard interface (not sure which exactly it supports but some of MME, WASAPI - the normal ones), and both can be used at once. However, given Windows' lack of (good) multi-channel audio support, the exposed non-ASIO interface goes to the first output channel (1-2).

What I would like to do is to be able to route some programs through the second output channel (3-4). This option is exposed in the ASIO device, but of course that is not accessible by most programs. So what I am looking for is something somewhat like virtual cable in how it exposes a standard audio device, but with ASIO-aware routing that can send incoming audio to specific ASIO channels. Does this exist, or is this use case just too niche?


p.s. Virtual cable isn't the best analogue, as I don't need its main feature of the virtual microphone - it's just the only program I know that exposes that sort of a virtual device.

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    We do get this type of routing on Windows query every so often - but as answers never seem to be forthcoming all I can imagine is that we're all on Macs ;) best I can do is this list of possible alternatives to Mac's Loopback - alternativeto.net/software/loopback/?platform=windows - & hope something in there might do it. ASIO is proprietary, though ASIO4ALL seems to have reverse-engineered it on Win. idk how that really works on Win, but even on Mac you need apps that can use either standard routing & therefore Loopback, or between asio apps, that can use ReWire etc.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 9:38
  • Thanks for the response! That link reminded me about VoiceMeeter, which I by chance already had installed - and, using just that, I was able to get it set up! Admittedly, it's a bit of a precarious setup and (as all bad tech horror stories begin) I'm not 100% why it all works, but it does!
    – DW42
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 10:03
  • Glad it was some help. If you want to write up your research & discovery into an answer, that might help future Windows users who find themselves here.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 10:10


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