Playback Crackling

I’ve never really had much of a problem with Audacity at all, until recently I restarted my computer for an update. For some reason, the playback glitches out a lot with crackling noises. If I export them as .mp3, they sound fine, but it gets really annoying after a while when trying to create songs. I don’t have anything running in the background and the only window on my computer is Audacity. I haven’t downloaded any other software on my computer or any plugins for Audacity. Any fix for this please? Thanks!

If you still have this problem, a few things you can try:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. Ensure that Windows is fully updated (you may need to run Windows Update several times).
  3. Ensure that your anti-virus is fully updated.
  4. Ensure that there are no scheduled tasks running (such as disk optimisation, automatic updates, virus scans …)
  5. Ensure that there is plenty of free disk space on your C: drive.