Using a DAW with OBS on Windows

How to set up a DAW with OBS on Windows


In order to connect your DAW to OBS, you'll need some form of third-party sound-forwarding software.  There are several ways that you can do this, but one easy option is the third-party ASIO plugin called OBS ASIO.  Ensure that your OBS application is up to date before installing the plugin. 

Set up an ASIO Source

Under Sources, click the "+" sign and choose a source of ASIO.
You will be prompted to create a new source. You can name this whatever you would like, then click OK.
In the ASIO source settings popup, under "Device", select your audio interface. 
Next is format. If you select stereo, you will be able to send 2 channels to OBS (Left/Right). If you’d like to send more channels, select any of the other options from the dropdown menu. 
The default will be stereo 2 channels.
The maximum (if your interface is capable) is 8 channels of independent audio and is labeled “7.1”. While this is a surround sound labeled format, all channels will still be summed down to stereo.
Once finished, you can test to see which outputs correspond with the OBS inputs. For example, your line outputs might be labeled “Computer Play”. You would need to route “Computer Play 1” to the input you would like to use for OBS.

Please note, the odd-numbered inputs (1, 3, 5, etc) default to sending to the left channel, while the even-numbered inputs (2, 4, 6, etc) default to sending to the right. If you are trying to send a mono signal out, use a stereo output to send it centered.

We do not recommend trying to monitor your feed from inside OBS or on the VolumeUp website, as there is an inevitable latency that could make it difficult to play along with.

When you're done configuring your source, click OK and your device will appear under “Sources”.


In windows, if you lose sound to OBS once you open your DAW, make sure that your audio interface is not set in “Exclusive Mode”. To check this, navigate to Control Panel → Hardware & Sound → Recording → Right-click on your interface → Properties → Advanced. Uncheck Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.
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