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I have this device: http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Wireless-Transmitter-Receiver/dp/B002BDU95A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354728948&sr=8-1&keywords=sb+itunes

It's fantastic at playing our office music through speakers across the room. However, this means that EVERY sound the computer makes such as instant messages, windows media player, etc. plays through as well. The OS being used is Win7Pro64bit.

No matter how many audio settings I change I cannot seem to separate the sound. Essentially, what I'm looking for is to ONLY have our music from Spotify play through the transmitter. Then, all other sounds will be played/handled through a headphone jack, etc.

Here's a screenshot of my playback window.

It looks to me as though it's acting as a separate audio card, right? Is there a registry edit to somehow designate only Spotify to play through the SB iTunes and allow all other audio to play through the default Conexant integrated card?

Thanks! This is quite the problem for us and we could really use the help.
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Originally Posted by leland_7 View Post

I have this device: http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Wireless-Transmitter-Receiver/dp/B002BDU95A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354728948&sr=8-1&keywords=sb+itunes

It's fantastic at playing our office music through speakers across the room. However, this means that EVERY sound the computer makes such as instant messages, windows media player, etc. plays through as well. The OS being used is Win7Pro64bit.

No matter how many audio settings I change I cannot seem to separate the sound. Essentially, what I'm looking for is to ONLY have our music from Spotify play through the transmitter. Then, all other sounds will be played/handled through a headphone jack, etc.

Here's a screenshot of my playback window.

It looks to me as though it's acting as a separate audio card, right? Is there a registry edit to somehow designate only Spotify to play through the SB iTunes and allow all other audio to play through the default Conexant integrated card?

Thanks! This is quite the problem for us and we could really use the help.

Typically, you select the audio device that a music player program uses from that program. Many programs only send sound to the "default device" in which case you have no choice with it.
post #3 of 8
Turn off windows sounds, unless you really need them.
post #4 of 8
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Thanks for the replies. Looking for something a bit different. Will keep a look out. Have a wonderful evening.
post #5 of 8
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For those who might care.... I'm currently trying to make this work:

http://www.fidelify.net/

It's a Spotify client. It's beta but seems to be working for others. However, when I set the interface to "WASAPI" and select my "SB-iTunes" instead of my "Conexant" integrated speakers I don't get any sound. The SoundBlaster transmitter plugs in USB so perhaps it's not really considering it a sound card of sorts? Would you guys have any thoughts here? Maybe installing a separate sound card would allow the sound to be diverted?

Also, I don't really know what ASIO or WASAPI is. I Googled it but still couldn't really understand. Could that be throwing me off?
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Originally Posted by leland_7 View Post

For those who might care.... I'm currently trying to make this work:

http://www.fidelify.net/

It's a Spotify client. It's beta but seems to be working for others. However, when I set the interface to "WASAPI" and select my "SB-iTunes" instead of my "Conexant" integrated speakers I don't get any sound.

What happens if you don't select the WSASPI interface?
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The SoundBlaster transmitter plugs in USB so perhaps it's not really considering it a sound card of sorts?

Unlikely. USB audio interfaces are the same as internal interfaces at the music player software level.
post #7 of 8
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Thanks for the reply, Arnold.

By default, "System Default" is selected. This plays through the option you have set as the Windows default playback device. You then have the choice of selecting either ASIO or WASAPI. When I select ASIO, it tells me no ASIO devices can be found. So... I'm guess I shouldn't be selecting that one.

By selecting the WASAPI option I then get a drop down where I can select between my two devices (although it seems to duplicate the items). I have selected each one and never hear anything coming from the SB-iTunes device.

Here a screenshot:

post #8 of 8
If you are running Windows 7, you should be able to go in to the mixer in the sound settings.
Look in your system tray (the area in the lower right corner of your screen that has the clock)
Find the speaker
click on it once and choose "Mixer" on one of the audio outputs.
You should be able to change volume levels for each of the audio applications.
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