Good evening, all-
Tracks that I have added to the library in the last month have exhibited a an awful cracking sound during quick changes in bass in the middle of particular songs. This is only plaguing my instrumental tracks, but not my regular music with lyrics (hip-hop, rock, etc).
At first I thought the tracks themselves could be the issue. So I went through and copied the suspected files onto my phone (I use it as my MP3 player) and played back the files. No problems, crackling, distortion, etc, so I knew it was my laptop. This is the weird part- for music files, it does NOT affect the sound output of anything I had on my computer up until a month or so ago. Talk about bizarre.
And then, incidentally, I played a video in MM, as well as VLC and TheKMPlayer, and the same exact thing was the result- crackling in the videos! Normally I'd think it was the latest round of files (again), but curiously enough, this affected ALL my video clips that I've had for years, which used to play back perfectly with no distortions. With TheKMPlayer I was able to enable some Quality/Noise Reduction options that removed these horrible cracks in the music, but of course, the music doesn't sound as good as it should. And I only use TheKMPlayer for videos.
So now I've determined that it's a system-wide issue affecting my audio codecs, drivers, or something equally shared by many applications for determining sound output. I reinstalled my sound card drivers just a few hours ago and restarted (they were already the latest version), but the problem persists.
In your experience, is there anything else I can reinstall/repair in my system that would correct an output issue like this? I know it's not restricted to MM, but it's absolutely the most pronounced in MM. I have tried to use different output plug-ins (DirectSound is default, but I also tried WASAPI and Wave Out) but the problem remains uncorrected regardless of the plug-in.
I know it's a complicated/weird issue, but I appreciate your patience and help!