Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Nov 21, 2018
- London, United Kingdom
Yes, you can't tell the OS that you need more channels than 8, it won't grant you an output, even if there are way more channels. This is only possible on very low level.
That's not true. There is hard evidence of all Windows audio APIs (MME, DirectSound, WASAPI - both shared and exclusive - and WDM-KS) working with at least 10-channel output with a real hardware audio device, as long as the audio device is configured properly. You can verify this for yourself using a virtual driver such as Virtual Audio Cable. I don't think it's easy to find actual hardware exposing this many channels as a single Windows audio device, though.