How can I determine whether my Windows machine is suitable for audio recording?

Like most providers of audio hardware and software for Windows, we recommend a free utility created by Resplendence Audio called LatencyMon, which can be found here:

There are many resources at Resplendence’s site describing how Windows processes might result in degraded audio performance and how to use LatencyMon to detect and resolve the problem.

In short, simply download the app and let it run on your Windows computer. After several minutes, LatencyMon will display an evaluation of the suitability of your computer for digital audio. If specific drivers are causing issues, LatencyMon will indicate them. Now the fun starts! For more details, consult our LatencyMon guide.