What to do when audio is coming in crackling, hollow or muffled, or if there is static, etc. What follows is a list of options you can try to resolve this issue
When your audio is slightly off (due to crackle, buzz, etc.), it's very difficult to assess the cause.
What follows is a list of options you can try to resolve this issue. We've ranked the options from easiest to hardest to complete. We recommend you try each option, then test to see if your audio improves.
If your audio is crackling or sounds like static, try these solutions:
- Try a different audio device. For example, if you are using a USB mic, try a regular audio-jack mic. If you are using a regular mic, try a USB mic. If one mic performs better than another, or all mics provide the same results, that's telling.
- You can check to see if the audio bitrate of all your playback devices is consistent - see this guide
- Ensure that Windows and all audio drivers are up to date. Here's a guide from Microsoft that tells you how.