I am pretty sure I used the .exe
I am a newbie, but have done the things I know to try within reason so some help would be much appreciated.
Like the title says, I have unwanted distortion on the audio I record. When I say distortion, it is not a constant drone or fuzz at all times. It does seem to the sound wave itself that is distorted. I can even see after recording that it will sound distorted just on the wave shapes. But it is occurs at all parts (loud or quite). My audio input levels are around -30 to -40db. This issue started off intermittently, but is now constant and has become quite irritating. I am going through a focusrite saffire pro preamp. This occurs whether I am going through a mic (shureSM57) or even if I run my electric guitar through.
I do not think this is due to clipping, as I have been watching that carefully on the preamp as well as on audacity.
To check my gear, I have tried changing audio cables, trying different inputs on the preamp, direct in from electric guitar, recording acoustic guitar with mic, its always the same overbearing obnoxious distortion.
However, when I play back the sound directly from the preamp, the sound is NOT distorted. This leads to me to think there is not likely an issue with the preamp itself. So it seems this issue must be with how the signal is getting from the preamp and into audacity. I have tried to change up the sample rates (44.1 vs 96) and it was the same. I have also tried changing the sample rate converted from best quality to medium quality (not sure if I actually need that).
Sorry if this question has been addressed, but my searches thus far primarily return threads on distortion issues due to high input volumes, which I don’t believe to be my issues.