I have been having a very frustrating ordeal with trying to get rid of the clicks/pops/noise on my recordings. I have been very thorough about trying many optimizations but nothing has worked yet. If anyone could help me I would be forever in their debt.. My set-up: 650 AMD Duron/VIA Chipset/384MB RAM/20 Gig 7200 RPM WD HD master/40 Gig 7200 RPM WD HD slave now used only for waves (though I had previously had about 20 gigs of mp3s on there). I also have a network card hooked to a cable modem, I tried disconnecting this thinking that I was getting some unintentional signals being sent, but did not get any results. Signal path is just a Shure 57 or guitar into a Digitech RP2000 into the front bay of a Soundblaster Live! I have a Delta 44 on the way and will be buying a pre-amp and RNC soon so that my vocals are not going through the RP2000 any longer. I am using Samplitude 2496, and used to use Cool Edit Pro where the problem was even worse. The clicking gets progressively worse the more files I have even if some are muted. I had originally thought the problem was that my HD was getting too full (it was up to 33gigs). So I bought a CD-RW and archived all the 33 gigs, I removed everything but 9 gigs, repartitioned my drive using PartitionMagic, and moved the 9 gigs to the E partition. Btw, the cluster size on the D and E partition are 32k. I defragged the D partition (doubt it did much on an empty drive of course), but didn't see the need to reformat an empty partition. I have done some recording on the now near-empty D partition but still get clicking. Strangely, the clicking is now regulated at about every second, sometimes it will skip a click, but it always seems to fall on a certain "beat". The strangest thing is that this wasn't always the case, but maybe some of the optimizations that I have done in the last few days have changed something, or maybe got rid of some of the clicking and left this behind? It sort of sounds like a clock issue but I don't know what I can do about that. By the way, these are the optimizations I have made: -- made sure DMA was checked -- in sys.ini, set: [vcache] minfilecache=8192 maxfilecache=8192 -- experimented with cache settings in Samplitude, setting them as high as 256mb, which did nothing more than slow me down. -- Disabled Read Ahead Optimization and Write Behind Caching in System Performance. -- Used the network server performance profile. -- cleaned out my system tray and made sure that no programs are running. -- checked to see how my resources look when recording, I usually have ninety-five percent of my system resource's free. I have tried: -- lowering the bit rate when recording to 22, but I still got clicks over my chipmunk voice. -- recording to the Windows Recorder, strangely I got no clicks here, but alot of hiss. -- lowering the graphics acceleration to 0, this did nothing so I set it back to full. Optimizations that I didn't try: -- setting different network profiles, as I assume that disconnecting the cable to my card would do the some thing. -- setting virtual memory because I think that with 384MB ram this isn't an issue. These are the places where I found different optimizations if anyone is curious: http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&safe=off&th=72676509cdd0247,2&seekm=YTRt6.45742$Xt3.firstname.lastname@example.org#p http://www.greatidea.com/paris/hd.htm But so far nothing has worked, can anyone give a suggestion based on the fact that it is now a regulated click? Thanks so much.