ASIO Direct Monitoring

If your audio hardware is ASIO 2.0 compatible, it may support ASIO Direct Monitoring. This feature may also be available for audio hardware with macOS drivers. In ASIO Direct Monitoring mode, the monitoring is done in the audio hardware, and monitoring is controlled from Cubase. The latency value of the audio hardware configuration does not affect the monitor signal when using ASIO Direct Monitoring.


  1. In the track list, activate Monitor.
  2. Select Studio > Studio Setup.
  3. In the Devices list, select your audio hardware driver, and activate Direct Monitoring.

    If the checkbox is grayed out, your audio hardware (or its driver) does not support ASIO Direct Monitoring. Consult the audio hardware manufacturer for details.

  4. In the Preferences dialog, select VST.
  5. Open the Auto Monitoring pop-up menu and select a monitoring mode.
  6. In the MixConsole, adjust the monitoring level and panning.

    Depending on the audio hardware, this might not be possible.

After Completing This Task

You can monitor the input levels of audio tracks, that is, you can map the input bus metering to monitor-enabled audio tracks and watch the input levels of your audio tracks when working in the Project window.

  • Activate Map Input Bus Metering to Audio Track (in Direct Monitoring) in the Preferences dialog (Metering page).

    As the tracks are mirroring the input bus signal you will see the same signal in both places. When using mapped metering, any functions that you apply to the audio track are not reflected in its meters.


With Direct Monitoring activated, Direct Routing cannot be used for routing destinations 2-8. Only the first bus can be used for Direct Monitoring.