routing sound to different speakers

By bharq
Jun 22, 2004
  1. -> Is there a way to route the sound of different programs to different speakers?

    I have a standard 5.1 audio processor (in this case nVidia nForce2), but I'm not interested in 5.1 sound, so my sound outputs are connected somewhat differently:

    - front speaker output: to home stereo
    - rear speaker output: to headphones
    - center speaker output: to monitor speakers

    This way, I can use my home stereo system to play mp3's or DVD sound, my headphones to do WAV-editing, and my monitor speakers whenever I'm not using the other ones.

    However, this poses some difficulties, for example during DVD playback. I have a monitor and a tv attached to my VGA card, and the video signal is routed to the tv while watching DVD's, so I can work on my computer while my wife is watching a DVD on tv. But when I get an error message, Windows sounds a loud 'ring', which is then vastly amplified by my home stereo system and scares the hell out of my wife. Also, when listening to mp3's on my home stereo, I don't want the monitor speakers to partake, since they are quite low quality and annihilate every nuance coming from the home stereo system.

    So my ideal setup would be like this:
    - mp3 and DVD sound: to home stereo (front speakers)
    - WAV editing programs: to headphones (rear speakers)
    - system sounds: to monitor speakers (center speaker)

    Do you know of any solution (program/driver/...) to route the sound of these different programs to the different audio outputs?
  2. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    You probably need another extra soundcard. One for mp3s and DVDs. The other for wave editing and system sound.

    This is what I can think of at the moment.
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