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This guide will provide a basic overview of how to set your M-Audio sound card (aka audio interface) as the system default playback device on Windows. This will enable all audio on the computer*, including system sounds, media players, and Internet streaming audio to playback through your M-Audio interface.
* Some application's have their own audio configuration options which ignore the Windows default setting. This process varies from one application to another, but is usually done through a "Preferences," "Setup," or "Options" menu. Please refer to the documentation for your software to learn how to do this
Setting the Windows default playback device
- Click Start
- Click Control Panel
- Click Sound; if you are in Category View, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Sound
- Click to select the "Playback" Tab
- Click to select your M-Audio device
- If your M-Audio device does not appear, see these installation troubleshooting guides.
- Click Set Default
- Click OK
Some devices, like the Fast Track Ultra, have multiple output pairs, but do not expose these channels to Windows. With these devices, the default outputs will be channels 1/2. To send signal to a different output, check the signal routing and output options in your software. If your device has a DSP monitor mixer, you can turn up software returns 1/2 on the corresponding output tab (e.g. 7/8) to route signal to a different output pair. Review to your device's documentation for more information on routing audio with the control panel mixer.