How to stop pops and crackles

I have multi core processor. I am using LIVE 8.3.4 in rewire to Reasons. I have 5 tracks that are offline. And only one track playing in LIVE. I have six tracks going in Reasons, and LIVE is popping and crackling like crazy. That's not all though. The same thing is happening in LIVE in standalone mode. I have made sure that the Multicore/Multiprocessor Support is On. Also even though the Multicore/Multiprocessor Rewire looks grayed out as not being available I can click it On and Off. And of course it is On. Can anyone suggest a solution for solving this problem

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ausura 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Ableton_Support Ableton staff
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    Hi there, 

    We condensed a lot of advice regarding this phenomenon into the following Knowledge Base articles, please have a look at them and carefully go through the steps listed: 

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/how-avoid-crackles-and-drop-outs/

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/reduce-cpu-load/

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/optimize-windows/

    In case you are still experiencing issues, please contact support directly with a status report:

    https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209773605-How-to-create-a-Live-Status-Report

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • david.barker
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    Hi

    Im no expert,but this sounds like latency issues,or buffering

    Have a look at your preferences and check the sample rate and buffering settings,and your soundcard
    Also you can set a tone to check for any such problems,within the preferences section
    Hvae you got the latest audio drivers for your soundcard?Thats worth a look too

    Hope this helps

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • Dom Murphy
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    I get pops and crackles with hardly anything running in Live. For example, using the Grand Piano sends my CPU up to 50% and it pops and crackles constantly. Is basically unplayable. I personally think it's simply Live's audio engine. I seem to have no problems in any other audio app. If it wasn't for owning Push, I would be switching software - this has been happening for too long now. I'm running an i7 Macbook Pro - shouldn't be a problem.

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • Alperian
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    I have the same problem using a Tascam US-366 audio interface. I tried solving it by removing ASIO4ALL, without success.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Matthias_H
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    Hey folks,

    I also had major issues with pops and crackles (using Scarlett Focusrite 2i2). I tried changing the buffer size etc. without any improvements. CPU and disk utilization wasn't an issue either.

    When I read the first post in this thread which mentioned multi-processors, I was wondering if this might be the issue (I'm just recording one track at a time, line in from a keyboard) and turned it off (under Options > Preferences > CPU). Guess what: crackling and pops were finally gone. I even took the buffer size back down to 128 and it sounds just great.

    Hope this helps someone,

    Matthias

    1 year ago | 2 comments
  • KConnors
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    something that I found that helped exponentially for the constraint popping/cracking noises that were problematic for me as well is to click the options drop down menu -> go into your preferences -> Select Audio tab -> then you will want your output buffer to be double the milliseconds as your input buffer size - so if your input buffer is at [8272 samples] you will want your output buffer to be set to [16480 samples] so that they are as close to double as possible, if you try adjusting these while playing music to it you will notice a significant difference.  Also you will want to keep the  the samples within range of each other you may have to adjust your -In/Out Sample Rate- mine is set safely at 96000 to accompany my previously stated settings.

     

    hope it works for you the way it does for me

    good luck

    11 months ago | 1 comment
  • stevehh
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    If you are trying to loop say a pad and the sample is set to beats it will pop. try and set it to texture.

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • rich146
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    Im running i7, 16gb Ram , samsung 250gb 850 SSD and this runs like a dream

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • Eldit
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    I had a crackling issue too. The crackles would only appear in the recordings I made through my M-Track Eight usb audio device, not in the ones I imported or already had on my computer. Also, the crackles would sometimes appear in a certain part of the file and later appear elsewhere.

    It took me ages to find out that setting my in/out sample rate to 48000 rather than 44000 did the trick. Tried everything such as latency adjustments etc. and reckoned (as a not very IT savy person) that a lower sample rate would be better, given that my computer is not that fast. Wrong! I figure the crackling appeared due to a discrepancy in the way my audio device records audio and the settings of the Live.

    7 months ago | 1 comment
  • Nick Dixon
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    The higher the buffer the fewer glitches and pops but more latency(delay) the lower the buffer the less latency and the sooner your cpu spikes and you get pops and crackles.

    whatch video 1 and 8 https://www.ableton.com/en/live/learn-live/

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • Learn2Swim
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    Ok, all of these ideas are wrong.  All.

     

    It's the driver.

    On Windows, use ASIO, that was the ONLY thing I had to do.

     

     

    5 months ago | 0 comments
  • Nick Dixon
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    So I was right. :) I said watch videos 1 and 8. He shows you how to set it up and tells you to use ASIO4ALL. If you need any more help I can give you advice on how to optimize the ASIO4ALL settings. But you said I was wrong so I guess you don't need to hear from me. Take care. 

    5 months ago | 0 comments

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