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Old 12-30-2019, 01:45 AM
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Iíve been using Reaper, with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface and AKG P 170 mic, for about a year. I use the rig mainly to critique my own fingerstyle work, and have also made a couple of multitrack backings for a singer friend. Everything was great until a few days ago when I laid down a simple track, and the playback sounded horrible! Tinny, distorted, almost unrecognizable. I checked and ALL of my previous Reaper projects had the same problem, although the .wav files I had created from them still sounded OK. Reaper Help was no help and the only suggestion from the users forum was rebooting Reaper, which did not work.

Any thoughts? Iím stumped.
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:07 AM
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Mine did it also..but mine was a setting in Cakewalk... Somehow it went from asio to MME and it cause this distorted,,echoie osolating recording
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:09 AM
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If the problem exists on tracks that were previously okay, I think the fault it more likely with your interface than with your DAW.
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First thing, unplug your interface, delete the driver files, and download new drivers. Install them, plug in the interface.

I assume if you load a WAV file into Reaper, it too sounds bad. Your monitors (speakers) are plugged into the interface, correct?
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I am confused by these two statements: I don't use Reaper so can you clarify further ?

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"ALL of my previous Reaper projects had the same problem,"

"although the .wav files I had created from them still sounded OK."
Isn't your recording and playback in Reaper set to .wav ? How are you auditioning the .wav files not in Reaper ?
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:51 AM
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I'm guessing the rendered/bounced files sound Ok, but not when playing back tracks, i.e., a "mix" within the DAW?

As suggested, I'd check that something (e.g., OS update) hasn't caused the drivers to get out of whack, and unplug/power down the interface, download the latest drivers, then plug the interface back in (with no s/w running) and reinstall the drivers. Confirm all the s/w is installed and configured correctly and then start the DAW, and insure it's settings/preferences are correct.
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Thanks for all your replies, reinstalling the 2i2 drivers makes sense, I will try that today.

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Mine did it also..but mine was a setting in Cakewalk... Somehow it went from asio to MME and it cause this distorted,,echoie osolating recording
Thanks for that info, I will check it today.
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I am confused by these two statements: I don't use Reaper so can you clarify further ?



Isn't your recording and playback in Reaper set to .wav ? How are you auditioning the .wav files not in Reaper ?
I played the .wav files through the PCís music app, not through Reaper.
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I played the .wav files through the PCís music app, not through Reaper.
Ah, So you bounced/exported them to the computer ... Ok then I would guess it is something has changed in either the routing in the DAW, or some unintended selection in the DAW , playback samples etc ? . Or as suggested something in the interface drivers
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Ah, So you bounced/exported them to the computer ... Ok then I would guess it is something has changed in either the routing in the DAW, or some unintended selection in the DAW , playback samples etc ? . Or as suggested something in the interface drivers
Thanks, Kev, You and the other posters have given me several reasonable suggestions. I have a busy day ahead!
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I finally got around to this (live intervened) and all of you who suggested I might be barking up the wrong tree were exactly correct. I reinstalled the 2i2 drivers and things are working now, exactly as they should.

Thanks again for your suggestions and thoughtful input.
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I finally got around to this (live intervened) and all of you who suggested I might be barking up the wrong tree were exactly correct. I reinstalled the 2i2 drivers and things are working now, exactly as they should.
That made the most sense because you said things you have previously made were also sounding funky. A wav or mp3 file sitting on your hard drive doesn't need your DAW to be played, so if they're funky, the problem would most likely have something to with the interface, assuming your running all your sound through it and that's what most people would be doing.

Glad you got it worked out.
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