For what seems like forever now, I have been trying to export my mixdowns and get the same kind of clairity I used to get before some of my computer's/sound device setting or settings (I assume) were accidentally changed without me realizing it. What I hear through my speakers or headphones sounds great, but the clairty of my exported mixdowns is awful, especially on CDs. I am well aware that there is a loss of quality when something is burned to a CD, but CDs of tracks I recorded a while ago sound significantly better than what I've been getting for the past couple months.
So I've been trying everything and only have a few options/ideas left, but I'm not sure what exactly these issues are.
What is the best/highest quality .wav codec to use for exporting mixdowns and what settings for that codec should I use?
In the sound->recording tab, I see 'RealTek High Definition Audio Stereo Mix.' What exactly is that, and should it be enabled or disabled when exporting mixdowns?
Say I'm exporting a mixdown through 'Speakers RealTek High Definition Audio' or ''RealTek Digital Output Realtek High Definition Audio' (or have my 'master' set to either of those). Which one should I use when exporting? Should I export through the 'Speakers' or 'Digital Output' or would the sound quality be better if I assign one of those to the master track?
Related to the above question, should I have the enhancements in Sounds-->Speakers Properties-->Enhancements enabled or disabled? does it make a difference?
I've done some googling, and (i'm not sure if it applies to my problems) someone suggested rolling back my drivers... how exactly do i do that?
Thats all I can think of now when it comes to my ideas to get the sound quality of my exported mixdowns back.
Any help with these questions (or suggestions for possible fixes I haven't thought of) would be greatly appreciated.