at this moment I have Gretsch streamliner, both humbucker pickups, Mixcraft DAW (but same problem happens on standalone), and STEINBERG UR 12 with latest firmware and drivers.
Whenever I do clean recordings everything seems okey, not great not terrible. But whenever I try anything crunchy my sound starts to CRACKLE. Like in the Background I get this lower sound that simply crackles, and it makes the whole recording sound like trash. I know I’m not clipping, not on DAW, not on UR 12 because I’ve checked. I tried using HI POWER modes that supposed to improve. I tried to change buffer sizes, still no luck. Tried different VSTS but whenever I try to use any effect with higher gain, always the same thing happens. Btw, I’ve tried to stop charging. I’m using laptop, windows 10. I usually stop charging when recording so there is less electricity leakage and it seems to help, stops buzzing and hissing. But that crackling is driving me mad. Any solutions? Same things happens on DAW and on Standalone versions of VST.
BTW Right now I have a new laptop, same results. Same thing happened on the older laptop.
Id buy a new interface but Im afraid the same thing will happen.
I have no issues like that when using real amp. So I’m pretty sure either its the laptop, drivers, firmware, or VST
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FsizC1iBGMyTD_XTrO1Gt79lv8X33Maz/view?usp=sharing (this is the link to audio sample)
UPDATE: I found a review on the internet. Guy said that he can’t record also trough HI Z, so he’s using DI box to convert the signal and is using XLR port on his UR12 and it seems to work well. So maybe thats the solution. So my friend is gonna give me his audio interface that has “instrument” inputs. I’m gonna try that and see if anything improves. I’d buy a DI Box but first I want to know that HI Z is the problem, not my cable, guitar or laptop. It would be sad to spend 60 euros on a DI Box and realize that’s not the probem.