Can My Non-SoundGrid Audio Interface Connect to SoundGrid?

Last updated on: 7/25/2019 9:48:20 AM

The SoundGrid Connect feature of the SoundGrid Driver enables non-SoundGrid audio interfaces to connect to a SoundGrid network. This enables you to offload your plugin processing to a SoundGrid server, even if you don’t have a SoundGrid audio interface.

Most non-SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio interfaces can connect to a SoundGrid network via SoundGrid Connect.

Please note: The SoundGrid Connect feature is designed primarily for the studio, to help you offload CPU from your computer to a SoundGrid server. It is NOT recommended for live sound, due to the variance in specs and performance of non-SoundGrid interfaces.

To make sure that your non-SoundGrid audio interface can indeed connect to a SoundGrid audio network, please run the following two tests:

Test #1: The Multi-Client Test:

Run two host applications (Protools and Reaper for instance) and choose your audio interface’s Driver in both hosts to check if audio passes properly.
If you only have one host application, download and install Tracks Live and then run the test below.

If you have two audio hosts:

  1. Launch the first host application, go to its preferences or settings. Select your audio interface as the ASIO/Core Audio driver.
  2. Launch the second host application, go to its preferences or settings. Select your audio interface as the ASIO/Core Audio driver.
  3. Play some audio (you can use a Tone Generator) in both audio hosts simultaneously.
  4. Make sure you hear the audio correctly and free of artifacts. It may be worth trying different buffer sizes in your host application’s audio settings.

Please note: Some hosts, such as Pro Tools and MultiRack Native, automatically claim all driver outputs. This means you cannot dedicate specific outputs to the second host.

Test #2: The SoundGrid Connect Test:

  1. Go to SoundGrid Studio product page and register a free license, just click on GET IT FREE and follow the instructions to install and activate the SoundGrid Studio application.
  2. Launch SoundGrid Studio, it will open on the SETUP Page / Inventory tab.
  3. Choose your SoundGrid Network’s LAN Port. If you are unsure which to choose, click Auto Config Start


  4. Under RACK A – Hardware I/O Devices, click the arrow on slot one and assign your audio I/O. Once done, the SoundGrid driver will automatically be assigned under RACK B – Software I/O Devices.



  5. Go to Patch Page / Device to Device tab
    • Create a patch from your audio I/O* to the SoundGrid Driver
    • Create a patch from SoundGrid Driver to your Audio device.

      * Note that the patch layout for each audio interface will look different.


  6. Launch your host application, go to its preferences or settings. Select SoundGrid as the ASIO/Core Audio driver.
  7. Check if audio is passing properly from your audio I/O to your host application and back out.

If you have completed both tests successfully, you will be able to use SoundGrid connect to take the load off your computer's CPU and offload the plugin processing onto a SoundGrid server. If not, we do not recommend buying a server for this purpose.


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