I thought this problem was my soundcard… so I bought a new device, a USB Presonus… Same issue.
The pic is my waveform blown way up, both vertically and horizontally… so at this resolution you don’t expect to see any real movement in the waveform in any one direction, right? (It’s so zoomed in)… and yet if you look at my waveform, it comes in smoothly then immediately turns into an odd shape, and the audio I hear as a result of this sounds like lips-smacking or like, excessive throat sounds… and it keeps happening right after just about every vocal phrase ends, but not during… It’s just so odd.
It’s not the singing. I made sure of this while testing.
It’s not the mic. I swapped different mics.
It’s not the preamp, I bypassed the fancy preamp I had been using, and also used the new device’s on-board preamp.
What’s left is Cubase - Cubase Elements on Windows 10.
My older sound card was connected via a PCI card to a breakout box (It’s a very old Delta 1010 M-Audio device.) So I thought it had just finally died. Nope. The new Presonus device gives the same result - the device connected directly to USB. So, it has nothing to do with the PCI or USB channels in my computer. It’s something to do with further along the path, closer to when the file gets written to the hard drive… or something… Cubase, perhaps. I dunno.
I’m at a loss. Please help.