Static on a recording

Hello! I’m getting this static noise that comes in around 1:50 and lasts a few seconds on every take in Audacity. If I stop somewhere before this, then record some more material and add it, the static doesn’t happen. It only happens if I record straight through from 0:00 to 1:50ish. The same thing happened in another DAW only it happened around 1:20. Any idea what could be causing this? I have attached a sound clip of the static. I’m using an Asus Zenbook laptop (WIndows 10) with a Blue Snowball USB mic. I have tried all three USB ports on the laptop and I still get the static. Thanks in advance for the help!

Possibly another process running on the computer interrupting.
e.g. WiFi checking it is connected to router, or anti-virus scanning.

see …[b]small_skips[/b]_or_duplications.3F

Thanks fro the help! I checked out the link and tried all of the suggestions. Having the wifi off and shutting down other programs didn’t help. That clicking/static still kept appearing around 1:50 on the recorded track. I decided to try using the built in laptop mic and the clicking/static didn’t happen. Something must be messing around with the mic/usb and causing this to happen. I’ve e-mailed Blue support about this, still waiting for a reply.

If the glitching consistently appears around the same time into the recording, then I doubt it’s a problem with the wiring / electronics of the USB mic. That pattern is consistent with a software problem.

If you upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version of windows maybe you need to update the audio driver (software).

I think JoseBatista is saying the built-in audio does not have a problem, so if you do look in Device Manager, perhaps look at the Universal Serial Bus controllers. I don’t think Windows will find better drivers for the Snowball because it only uses standard Windows USB Audio drivers.

Recording at 44100 Hz Project Rate (bottom left of Audacity) and increasing “Audio to buffer” in Recording Preferences might be worth trying.