Getting M-Audio Transit USB adapters to work with Windows Vista

So I have an M-Audio Transit USB Audio Interface as an alternative to getting a better sound card, and it worked fine and easily with Windows XP. However, with Vista, I would download the Vista drivers, and using Windows Media Player it would play through the Transit USB fine the first time for MP3s or .wav files. But then each other time I would use Windows Media Player and after I restarted the computer I would get the message “Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file. For additional assistance, click Web Help.” ITunes wouldn’t work either.

I looked on the web, and I found something from M-Audio tech support saying “Make sure the Transit is selected as the default playback device in the Windows Sound Preferences.” But this doens’t seem to work for me. By default the Windows Sound Preferences “Default Format” for the Transit USB was set to “2 channel, 24-bit, 48000 HZ.” However, Windows Media Player and ITunes need the Sound setting to be set to 16-bit, not 24-bit! So the default settings seems to be causing the problem.

To try to fix this, I clicked on the Windows/Start button in the lower-right hand of the screen; clicked on “Control Panel,” then clicked on the “Sound” icon, then clicked on “S/PDIF Transit USB,” made sure it has a green check mark, if it didn’t clicked on it and clicked on the “Set Default” button; right-clicked on “S/PDIF Transit USB” and clicked on “Properties”; clicked on the “Advanced” tab; selected the “2 channel, 16-bit, 48000 HZ” option in the “Default Format” pull-down menu and clicked on the “Apply” button if it wasn’t already the default. However, the next time I open Windows Media Player or restart my computer or disconnect and reconnect my Transit USB, the default is back to 24-bits, not 16-bit!!! Does anyone know of a way to fix this??? Maybe M-Audio can make a new driver where the 16-bit option is selected by default?

It turns out someone else had the same exact problem posted in the M-Audio forums, doesn’t look like this has been resolved. Come on M-Audio, you’ve got to fix this problem! “If I go to the Advanced tab it comes up with the 24-bit tone by default. When I press the “test” button, I get a message saying “could not play test tone.”
However – if I manually select the 16-bit tone and press test, it plays! Furthermore, the 24-bit tone will also now play, and I can play music in Winamp.When I reboot and disconnect and reconnect the transit, it is dead again. If I go back to control panel and play the 16-bit tone, it comes back to life. I have to do this every time.”


11 Responses

  1. Thank you !
    It solved my similar problem with this audio interface with no sound on Windows 7 32-bit.

  2. I have exactly the same problem. Its driving me nuts. Has ANYONE found a solution. HELPPP!!!!

  3. you need to run the sound applet in controll panel with admin rights

    I did this by serching for mmsys.cpl and right click and run as administrator.

  4. “you need to run the sound applet in controll panel with admin rights” makes no difference.

    Till this day still no fixing by M AUDIO

  5. Did anyone send the problem to M-Audio, or is there any contact? I absolutely agree. The problem is really annoying.

  6. Same problem with the transit on Win7 64 bit. I have to change the setting every time. Something is causing it to default to 24 bit. Maybe something is not sticking in the registry. I tried the suggestion of running the sound applet, mmsys.cpl in admin mode but it didn’t help. I tried it with both mmsys.cpl flies (one in the sysytem32 folder and one in the SysWOW64). I’m going to just schedule a task at login as a work around (assuming I can do that).

  7. 2011- still no fix. What are they playing at?

  8. I wonder if someone could write like a Windows batch script (.bat) that always set it to the right 16 bit setting???

  9. Hallo,

    I use Autoit with success: with Vista.

    I am not a real programmer but it is easy to use. I wrote a script which is working in 95 %.

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