• Adobe Audition is one of the world's best audio mixing and editors available.
  • However, certain issues can make it unable to support DirectSound, and that's what we will be troubleshooting below.
  • Our dedicated Adobe Audition Hub is filled with helpful guides like the one below.
  • More great troubleshooting articles about this software suite can be found on our Adobe Fix page.
Adobe audition does not support directsound input

A great number of users have encountered an issue when they wanted to use their version of Adobe Audition. The error message says: Adobe Audition does not support DirectSound input.

This issue can cause a lot of people to lose their temper, as normally, Audition would automatically select the default input mode for a new installation. For some reason, this doesn’t happen in some cases.

From the research our team did on this issue, it seems that the common issue that causes this error to appear is an incompatibility between your sound card drivers and the drivers that run on Adobe Audition.

In order to achieve good results, finding a compatible driver that works both for your computer’s input and output is essential.

In this article, we will explore some of the best-proven troubleshooting methods to solve this issue. Please make sure to follow the steps presented in this article closely, in order to avoid any other issues. Read on to find out how to do it.


What to do if Adobe Audition does not support DirectSound input?

1. Download the latest Adobe Audition version

Before going through any of the troubleshooting steps mentioned below, make sure that the root of the problem isn’t just an old Adobe Audition installation.

That being said, always remember to keep your program updated, especially if you are still using a version from the pre-CC era.

By getting the latest version, you will benefit from all of the latest features and updates, along with all the fixes that were implemented in the meantime.

Download the latest version of Adobe Audition


2. Update your computer’s audio drivers

  1. Press Win + X keys on your keyboard -> select Device Manager.Win x device manager - adobe audition doesn not suppor tdirectsound input
  2. Inside the Device Manager window, select ‘Sound, video and game controllers’.
  3. Right-click on ‘High definition audio device’ -> select ‘Update driver‘.updating audio driver in device manager - Adobe auditions does not support directsound input
  4. Wait for the process to complete, and then try to see if the issue is solved.

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3. Update your Windows version

  1. Press Win + X keys on your keyboard -> select Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.Update and security option - Adobe audition does not support directsound input
  3. Click on the Check for updates button.Check for updates - Adobe Audition does not support directsound input
  4. Wait for the process to complete and install any updates, and then try to see if this issue persists.

4. Install ASIO4ALL driver to your computer’s hard-drive

  1. Download ASIO4ALL driver package.
  2. Install it by following the on-screen instructions.Asio4all driver installation - adobe audition does not support directsound input
  3. Open Adobe Audition -> click Edit -> Audio Hardware Setup -> click on drop down-menu.
  4. Select the newly installed ASIO4ALL driver for Edit View, Sound recorder, and Multi-track view.
  5. Apply settings and try to see if this fixes your issue.

In this article, we explored a quick way to select a different input and output device for your Adobe Audition software. Following these steps closely will surely help you move past this annoying error, and will allow you to start using Audition at its full capability.

Please feel free to let us know if this guide helped you solve your problem by using the comment section found below.


FAQ: Learn more about Adobe Audition

  • How much does Adobe Audition cost?
Adobe Audition is usually priced at $74.99 for the monthly subscription, or $49.99 if you commit to a full year, but you can test it out for free for 7 days.
  • What is Adobe Audition used for?
Loosely speaking, Adobe Audition is a professional tool for precision audio editing, mixing, and sound effects. 
  • Does Adobe Audition have autotune?
Yes, Adobe Audition does have autotune, along with pretty much every single tool you can imagine that would help with audio recording.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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