Audio and virtual machines 2016-08-19 19:27:58 Hello,I have posted this message on VMware's forum, but since I got no answers, I'm posting here too. These questions are for those who have some experience with VMs and audio, especially VMware Player. That's why some questions are specific to VMware Player. Sorry if you feel uncomfortable with them if you are not a VMware user. Anyway, all the answers will be greatly appreciated.The message:I plan on using a VM to work exclusively with audio: playing music, editing/converting some audio files, etc.So I have some basic questions:1. How does the audio work in a VM? Audio is sent to host before played or is it played directly from VM?2. I'm really worried about sound quality. Considering the way things work, is there any loss in sound quality?3. What about softwares that require direct access to audio hardware (sound card, CD/DVD drive, etc.)? Will they work in a VM?4. What about hardware acceleration?5. What about EAC/Lame running on a VM?6. What about audio players (Foobar2000, etc.) running on a VM?7. Some softwares act like an audio driver (for example FXsound's DFX) concentrating all of the OS's audio. Should they be installed on VM, only on host, or both?8. VMware specific: In "Edit virtual machine settings > Sound Card" what's the difference between "Use default host sound card" and "Specify host sound card"?9. VMware specific: What it is and when to use "Echo cancellation"?Please, feel free to add more information and hints about this issue.Your answers are very important to me. It will decide if I should use a VM for audio or not.Thank you very much.