Distorted Sound with strange echo of input // Musescore 3 // Manjaro Linux

• Feb 21, 2019 - 22:57
Reported version
S2 - Critical

When using note input, or playing a sheet, the audio comes out distorted and with an echo.
Musescore 3, default settings, running Manjaro Linux. No difference, wether running PulseAudio or ALSA with different buffer settings.

System: Kernel: 4.19.23-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.2.1 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.15.0
Machine: Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP Pavilion Laptop 15-cw0xxx
CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx bits: 64
Audio: Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Raven/Raven2/Fenghuang HDMI/DP Audio


Confirming problem with distorted and echo sound, using pulseaudio. Workaround is to restart program two-three times.
I've only looked at jackd (using pulse due to other reasons), and could only see a problem in the jackd procedure callback, perhaps related. The procedure will do memory intense operations at initial play in the time-critical process.

I don't currently use Linux.
But if you ask me as a sound technician (instead of Linux user): There seems to be loop-back somewhere. (Such as redirecting the output back to the input).
Make sure the output in the I/O is directed to a playback device: API [XYZ] Device: [output-device]

In reply to by Knecker McKnacksack

Workaround No Yes

The same here :(

My Hardware :
Ryzen 2700
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming plus
alsa.name = "ALC892 Analog"
alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"
device.vendor.id = "1022"
device.vendor.name = "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]"
device.product.id = "1457"
device.product.name = "Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller"

Musescore breaks my pulseaudio at startup. "pacmd list-sinks" reports a "current latency" tiny (< 1ms). To fix this issue, I run musescore like that :
env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=30 mscore
I have others desktops/laptops and I encounter this issue only with my AMD/Ryzen desktop.

Another working workaround [1] :
in the file /etc/pulse/default.pa, replace the line :
load-module module-udev-detect
load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0

[1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PulseAudio/Troubleshooting#Glitche…

"If you are encountering static in your headphone jack, one possible culprit may be ALSA's loopback mixing. In addition to setting tsched=0 as documented above, it may be helpful to disable loopback mixing. This can be accomplished trivially with alsamixer, part of alsa-utils. This should not impact audio playback or microphone recording negatively, unless you require loopback mixing."

Loopback mixing is not the culprit because it is already disabled. I wonder why this issue happens only with musescore. It breaks something when musecore startup and initializes the pulseaudio client. If a developer reads my comment, I can help him by providing debug logs.

In reply to by hamelg

Workaround Yes No

Same here. As soon as I start Musescore, audio gets system-wide distorted, starts crackling and clipping. No problems on my old Intel desktop with the same config (same everything on Arch Linux) and ASUS Z87-K with ALC887 audio.

I have Ryzen 3900X with ASUS TUF X570-PLUS motherboard, Realtek S1200A soundcard.

EDIT: Dang it, the workaround works. Starting MuseScore with PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=30 works fine. Sorry, my first time posting here...