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Frequently asked questionsAudio and MIDI FAQs ► Why do I get an Audio Driver Error?

First, determine what kind of sound card you have. You will find its name and manufacturer listed under Edit > Preferences > Audio - Devices. Once you have this info, go to Audio Hardware Guide and follow the instructions for your sound card manufacturer.
You may also get this error message when setting the Driver Bit Depth or Sampling Rate beyond the capabilities of the currently selected sound card.
Go to Edit > Preferences > Audio - Driver Settings and reduce the Driver Bit Depth to 16 and the Sampling Rate to 44.1. This is CD-quality and is the best option for most users. Please keep in mind that while many consumer cards such as the Creative Labs Audigy advertise 24-bit capabilities, their drivers only support 16-bit recording/playback.
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