Is static audio ruining your tracks in Cakewalk by BandLab? There is a simple solution.
BandLab’s Cakewalk is a free PC-based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for recording audio, mixing tracks and producing songs.
If you hear audio problems such as hissing during playback of your recording and MIDI tracks, this can have several causes. But there’s a quick fix to try before troubleshooting: your driver settings.
Check the driver to fix static audio in Cakewalk
If you hear static or crackling noise during Cakewalk playback, the first thing to do is to check your driver type. You want to choose the right type depending on your DAW setup. This solution is sometimes overlooked because other than the audio issue, the software may work normally.
To check your driver:
- In the Cakewalk software, go to To editthen settings.
- In which settings window, click playback and recording under the Audio section on the left.
- Next to driver mode Click at the top to open the drop-down menu.
- If you have an external sound card or audio interface, select it ASIO Driver.
- If you are using an internal sound card, select WASAPI exclusive.
- click OK or Apply at the bottom of the Settings window to apply your changes.
If you are using the internal sound card and want to use other audio applications at the same time with Cakewalk, select the WASAPI released Driver. And for integrating older Cakewalk versions or Windows versions older than Windows 10, try the WDM/KS or MME (32-bit) Driver.
Some other things to check
Check the physical connections of any external hardware connected to your DAW. Loose connections or faulty devices are common causes of pops, hum, or hiss in your audio.
If you hear a hum in your guitar audio, it may be caused by the way your home’s electrical system is wired. Rather than breaking down your walls to rewire your house, try running your guitar signal through a ground-lifted DI box, which you can buy for around $30.
And to produce quality audio, it helps to understand things like bit depth and sample rate. You’ll probably want to select 16-bit audio, but you have a few options. Check out the difference between 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit audio to make the right choice.
Create music with high quality sound in Cakewalk
BandLab’s Cakewalk offers amazing versatility and functionality for music production. It’s packed with bells and whistles, and an in-depth understanding of how best to set up and use Cakewalk can save you a lot of frustration. Don’t let static audio get in the way of your number one hit!