Digital Clicking and Popping While Recording

Discussion in 'Recording 101' started by madguitar1086, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. madguitar1086

    madguitar1086 New Member

    Oct 2015
    Tascam US16x08
    I am in desperate need of help. I record from home with a few microphones, a Tascam US16x08 usb interface, Studio One 2 Artist DAW, and a brand new Dell Inspiron 17 7000 laptop. This seems to be a pretty simple setup. I bought the new Dell because my old Dell (about 6 years old) was not cutting it in the audio recording department. I was experiencing digital clicking and popping noises every few minutes, and these noises would, more often than not, leave artifacts in my recorded takes. I noticed that this issue would occur when my CPU monitor would show CPU spikes. My brand new Dell is proving to be almost as bad as my old one. You would think that a brand new computer could handle software and hardware that is several years old.
    I studied up on what the problem might be, but have not found any solid solutions. I have optimized my power settings (high performance), I have disabled my wi-fi and Bluetooth (the new Dell is only being used for recording), I disabled my antivirus software, and I have cut down on needless background processes. This had done nothing to remedy the problem. I have tried changing the buffer size: at the lowest setting, the problem occurs constantly, and at the highest setting it occurs less often, but still occurs.
    I read about CPU throttling, but have found no way to disable it in Windows 8.
    I am in desperate need to help. Any advice would be most appreciated.
    Desperate Home Recording Musician
  2. John Mackenzie

    John Mackenzie New Member

    Oct 2017
    Tascam 688 midistudio
    I would check that your pops and clicks are not being created before the recording stages. just set it all up with the levels you are going to use, and listen for a bit. Many things can cause this, even fridges/household gadgets switching on and off, which create spikes through the power lines. There are filters which prevent this sort of thing. I would be interested to know if you resolve this issue, and what the cause was.