Windows audio drivers difference

What is the difference between the three Windows Audio versions?

Windows Audio
Windows Audio (Exclusive Mode)
Windows Audio (Low Latency Mode)

The first is the “shared” mode, where the audio pipeline doesn’t take full control of the driver. Instead, it shares the audio directed resources on Windows.

With that being said, the exclusive mode pretty well speaks for itself; it does the opposite of sharing, dedicating all of the audio resources to your app and thus making your app take over Windows’ audio pipeline. (More power to your app, basically)

The low latency mode is an alternate version of the shared mode. It’s a new integration into JUCE, where it tries to use the latest available Windows IAudioClient3 in a shared mode (only available on Vista and up).

You can get more information from MSDN on the modes.

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