Focusrite Scarlett Solo - "3rd Gen" - are its Asio drivers non-exclusive like the 2i2's 2nd gen?

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MasterTuner
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309 posts since 30 May, 2018

Post Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:03 am

I am thinking of getting the Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen in a few weeks.

I am currently borrowing a 2i2 2nd Gen and I like it because its Asio drivers are non-exclusive so I can use my DAW and play Youtube clips at the same time.
With my Beringher I couldn't because it had to use ASIO4ALL which exclusively grabs the sound.

Anyway, I am just wondering if the Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen is non-exclusive like the 2i2?
Reaper (win), i7-7700k, 16GB

Ubertriangle
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1 posts since 9 Aug, 2012 from Russia

Post Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:32 am

Did you find the answer? I am about to buy Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and also interested if I can use DAW and browser at the same time without issues

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MasterTuner
KVRist
309 posts since 30 May, 2018

Post Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:51 am

Ubertriangle wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:32 am
Did you find the answer? I am about to buy Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and also interested if I can use DAW and browser at the same time without issues
Yes, I bought the 2i2 3rd Gen, and am able to use my DAW and Windows audio at the same time
Reaper (win), i7-7700k, 16GB

SoundPorn
KVRian
1056 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Post Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:20 am

So it's playing well with Windows? I am about to buy one too, I was debating between the Focusrite Bundle with mic and headphones or an SSL 2
MasterTuner wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:51 am
Ubertriangle wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:32 am
Did you find the answer? I am about to buy Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and also interested if I can use DAW and browser at the same time without issues
Yes, I bought the 2i2 3rd Gen, and am able to use my DAW and Windows audio at the same time

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nIGhT-SoN
KVRian
549 posts since 19 Jan, 2008

Post Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:39 am

MasterTuner wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:51 am
Ubertriangle wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:32 am
Did you find the answer? I am about to buy Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and also interested if I can use DAW and browser at the same time without issues
Yes, I bought the 2i2 3rd Gen, and am able to use my DAW and Windows audio at the same time
It might be multi-client, as Steinberg UR series. Unfortunately ASIO is exclusive no matter what you do, but some interfaces have multi-client, meaning you can use ASIO and also play music on youtube/spotify etc. But you won't be able, let's say to capture sound from your DAW in OBS or other streaming software, unless it has an internal loopback. Usually ASIO + ASIO is a no go.

Schmidi
KVRist
252 posts since 23 Apr, 2011 from Seattle WA

Post Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:48 am

yeah, this multi source ability surprised me back when I owned an 8i6. Cool feature.

Logga
KVRer
19 posts since 19 Jun, 2019

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:42 am

nIGhT-SoN wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:39 am
Usually ASIO + ASIO is a no go.
This used to be the case. But lately more and more affordable interfaces also support ASIO multi-client (ASIO + ASIO). Even the Behringer UMC HD ones, for example, or the new MOTU, Audient/EVO, NI and others.

Unfortunately, Focusrite USB interfaces don't support ASIO multi-client and neither do the Steinbergs, from what I've read. Sure they support Windows audio + ASIO, but it's hard to find an interface with ASIO drivers that doesn't support that. I've yet to see one, frankly. (The Behringer that OP mentioned probably didn't have ASIO drivers, that's why he was using Asio4all.)

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