Learn More About ASIO
The love of music and its ease of use thru computers, it what brought ASIO (Audio Stream Input/Output) out. Steinburg wanted to improve on computer music technology. Cubase software was the beginnings of bringing music capabilities to computers. This replaced analog tape equipment. 1995 brought the introduction of Wave Lab. This quickly became a must have audio editing program for professional musicians.
ASIO was released in 1997. This sound card was geared to work digital audio for professional musicians not every day users. Many sound engineers use this for processing audio with software instead of external devices. ASIO is what made the standard Virtual Studio Technology work.
ASIO capabilities are supporting multi-channel operations, variable bits and sample rates, and synchronization. This sound card has been adopted by many leading hardware manufacturers. Features that appeal to users are low latency, high fidelity, performance stable audio, and it is simple to use abilities. An example of this is its ability to bypass the various layers of operating software and provide a direct processing path for the application the user is using to the sound card.
Over the years Steinburg has been bought a couple of times, once by Pinnacle Systems and a second by Yamaha. Each time the ASIO brand has continued to be produced. What was once a professional recommended audio device, has since been replicated to produce another version more suited for everyday computer users. The Sequel was introduced in 2007, bringing professional audio quality to entry level computer users.