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2 replies, 2 voices Last updated by Silvia Jimenez 2 years, 4 months ago
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    Silvia Jimenez

    I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this but I just migrated form PC to MAC and I purchased a MacBook Pro 2018 but I noticed a super annoying crackling sound from the built in speakers, has anyone else experienced and fixed this issue? or knows a workaround? I really can’t live with that sound (I know that there are community forums from apple but I couldn’t find a convincing workaround there) any help will be GREATLY appreciated

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      Silvia Jimenez

      Thank you so much! this will certainly be useful for me, the issue is with my Mac specifically since I’ve seen It with other apps too. For some reason I have seen it a lot less from the past days, and it is most likely triggered by another app that I have been testing… anyways .. I learned a lot with the book you wrote haha 😉

      Thanks again!

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      Ben Spilker

      Hey there. Sorry it took me so long to reply to this. So just to confirm, when does crackling happen?

      If it’s only in Ableton, then increasing your buffer size could help if your CPU is struggling. Increase your buffer in Live’s Audio Preferences. Live, Preferences, Audio, Change your buffer to the highest buffer, say 2048 samples.

      If the crackling persists in just everything (Playing something on like youtube, iTunes, Spotify, etc) then it’s definitely something wrong with your Mac.

      So the next question is, is it a software problem or a hardware problem?

      There are some steps on this site here you can perform to rule out it being a software problem.​

      1. These include the simple key commands to reset your Mac’s PRAM and SMC (this isn’t complicated and actually super easy to do, I’m serious).

      2. And then also you can restart the coreaudio service which controls your volume and input and output settings of your system audio.

      If that article doesn’t help and your issue still persists, then there may actually be physical damage to your speakers.

      Are they blown? If you played something clipping for too long, you can blow your speakers. Meaning when they flex in and out to play sound, the outward flex was too harsh and the cone of the speaker won’t ever fully return to the inner flex point. (aka Over-excursion)

      In the case that you have hardware damage, if they’re blown or possibly malfunctioning from loose parts, I would definitely make a trip to the Mac store and ask about repairing it with replacement speakers.

      Anyways, I hope this helps. Sorry I wrote a book haha.


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