Frustrating random crackling in Ableton, doesn't seem to be latency related

I've been having a pretty irritating issue with Ableton where I get this wave of bizarre crackling/static sounds every 5 - 8 minutes or so. It happens when playing through my interface, so mic or guitar/bass signals and it does seem to be exclusive to Ableton, I opened Logic and played for a while through that without issue. I have tried literally EVERYTHING I can think of, including sending my interface (Focusrite 2i4) in for repair - which apparently was not the issue.

I have uploaded a few clips so you can get an idea of what this sounds like:

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Things I've already tried which it has persisted through:

-adjusting buffer/latency sizes, 64, 128, 256, 512 etc

-running class compliant mode

-plugging into a powered USB hub

-plugging directly into the macbook

-testing with & without phantom power

-unplugging power, and every other peripheral BUT the sound interface -switching cables

-buying a voltage regulator, in addition to the already decent surge protector -disabling all wifi, bluetooth connections from my mac

 

I have a more than capable setup, its as follows:

-Retina Macbook 15" Mavericks 2.7 Ghz i7 quad, 16GB Ram

-250gb SSD with plenty of free space

-Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

 

The only thing which HAS worked was setting up an old M-audio USB interface, I can play & record through that and have never had any static issue, but it is not nearly the quality of the 2i4, doesn't have phantom power and again I sent my 2i4 in for repair where they agreed to swap out the board for me even though they could not replucate the problem. I CAN play/record fine in Logic Pro with the 2i4, so it is not my interface.

Any help would be so appreciated.

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colurer 2 years ago | 1 comment

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  • slayczar
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    Hello everyone,

    One day I rearranged my studio putting the 2i4 on top of the studio monitors and suddenly the crackles and static appeared for me as well. I never had this problem before moving things around. So I moved my focusrite 2i4 AWAY and BELOW my studio monitors and the problem magically stopped. Needless to say I didn't move it back to test if that indeed was the problem for fear that it will start up again! 

    Hope this helps you with this extremely troublesome problem :)

    Caesar

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • cReePyLunatic
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    Same problem here to
    did everything to fix it
    the problem lures deep in ableton

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • djstory
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    Sounds very much like the problem I'm having with a fairly new Focusrite 2i4/Ableton Live 9.6. I'm running a macbook pro with 8 gigs of ram. I am working on a song, and get loads of crackles until I disconnect/reconnect the interface. The "D" indicator is not lighting up, so I don't think it's HD dropouts. I have the buffer all the way up. Could just be too many layers in the track? I'm not sure what is causing this weird lo fi glitch.

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • Kephada
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    Im having the same problem with ableton 0 focusrite 2i4 and my computer is a monster..

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • djstory
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    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • filmarto12
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    Same here. OsX Capitan, Live 9.7, Focusrite Scarlett2i2. Installed the "Class compliant mode application" from Focusrite, didn't change the 1 to 2 secs glitch that appears every 3 or 4 minutes when recording audio in Live. If I record live audio with another audio application I won't get the glitch.  : /

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • NikolasMiraj
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    Hey All,

    Ive had the same problem using the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8. I contacted Focusrite support who ran me through a bunch of troubleshooting options without luck.

    In the end, their recommendation was to minimise the amount of plugins i was using at the same time - which seem to cause strain on the Cpu/Ableton but did not indicate any serious spikes in CPU usage via the meter on the top right.

    For me, this problem occurs frequently when I have a large/dense Ableton session with alot of plugins, tracks - basically an almost finished track. I hear all your pain, its incredibly frustrating. I believe for me, it started around when i upgraded from Yosemite to El Capitan - the compatibility between the OS and DAW has gone downhill.

    Its also doubly frustrating that In Build Audio works fine, I use a laptop mix for live performances so it has me thinking whether its easier to bypass an Audio Interface and route direct into a small mixer (using in built audio).

    Thanks for your comments, helps to know im not alone!

     

    10 days ago | 0 comments

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