Clicking sound in playback

• Jan 30, 2024 - 15:42

I have a problem with playback that in some places it's making weird clicking/clipping sound and it's unbearable. I also uploaded a file with bits of my songs in which I noticed it.

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In reply to by Ben Lindeboom

Here are my computer specs:

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10400F CPU @ 2.90GHz
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Operating System Windows 10

I don't think hardware is a problem. I also noticed that the clicking sounds are also heard in exported audio. No idea what's happening.

In reply to by hamsandwichnow

Yes, I also think it's clipping. In one score I solved it by changing forte to mezzoforte and than turning volume of timpani all the way up in the mixer. In other one I had to pan timpani to the left channel only. And in last score I had to remove them completely and replace them with bass drum because it was unbearable.

Is there more elegant solution to this?

In reply to by Hilfinger 81

@ Hilfinger
As a gamer you know that it isn't just about how powerful your computer is. It's how you set it up, also. There are some people with i9's, 64 gig of ram and huge SSDs that have trouble. Until they find that one setting that makes it work. It might be something simple. It might take a bit of digging. There is no clicking on my system. Because of that, it is hard to say what is causing it. Is it at all possible that this is the result of some interaction between sounds on your system. Perhaps try muting a channel at a time to see if it goes away.

In reply to by bobjp

The score works perfectly (sounds great too). Honestly, I can't really see any reason that an SSD would improve performance enough to make it unusable without it. It would maybe affect launch times and save/load times slightly, but that's true for anything, not just MuseScore.

In reply to by ThePython10110

Thanks for trying that score. Interesting. What are your other specs? Have you had to make any of the adjustments in the How the Handbook section?
My older computer will play the above score. But if I stop playback during a loud section, there will be some "echos" of the last note played.
I put SSD's in all my older computers. They are so much faster for everything. I used to get slowdowns due to 100% disc usage. Boot time went from almost a minute to 17 seconds. Flight Simulator actually worked.
My new computer has no problems with playback. It has a more powerful CPU.

In reply to by bobjp

I'm not saying that SSDs aren't faster and better. I'm just saying that MuseScore 4 has worked perfectly for me, even though I don't have one. I don't think I've changed any MuseScore settings at all, except for changing some of the folder locations. I don't have the echo problem (although it's possible that I did but it was fixed in an update; I'm not entirely sure).

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