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    Why is my Audio so choppy?

    Jackson Masterson Community Member

      Hello, When ever i record my audio with Audition it always comes out in playback very very choppy!! This is a huge problem as it is very annoying and hard to listen to. Until this is fixed i cant record audio! Please help!!!!!!!!!!

        • 1. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
          Bob Howes CommunityMVP

          When you say "choppy" do you mean it's full of drop outs and freezes?

           

          If so, there are some things you should do.

           

          First off, reboot before starting any recording/mixing session.

           

          Make sure there's NOTHING else running on your computer while you're working...this particularly includes internet, wifi and anti virus software.

           

          Make sure system sounds are completely turned off.

           

          If at all possible use a proper audio interface with a dedicated ASIO driver.  If you must use your onboard sound card, (bad idea, their quality sucks) try downloading and using ASIO4ALL as the driver.

           

          Adjust the latency/buffer settings to as high a number as you can get away with without getting unacceptable latency.  If you're using your onboard sound card and MME drivers, this'll be in Audition on the Edit/Preferences/Audio Hardware menu.  If you're using a proper sound card, it'll likely be in the set up menu for the sound card itself.

           

          Finally, go through and set up your computer to optimise it for sound work.  This site is by Alesis but has some good advice that applies to any system:  Tips and tricks for music and computers

          • 2. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
            Jackson Masterson Community Member

            Well kinda, its like im spamming the mute/unmute button while talking. and when i look at the recording in Audacity there will be about 1/5th of a second of silence so it sounds like the spamming button thing i mentioned earlier

            • 3. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
              Jackson Masterson Community Member

              Also after like 10-20 minutes of it being on and into the recording around 10-20 minutes in, when i play it back it is EXTREMELY QUIET! Why is this happening?

              • 4. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                Bob Howes CommunityMVP

                Okay, we really need more details of your set up to provide any detailed help...Audition version, computer and operating system, the sound card/audio interface you're using and what exactly you're trying to record.

                 

                However, I have to say that both your symptoms sound like you have a mix of a buffer/latency setting set too low, other things running in background and grabbing the processor at times, probably at least one of them trying to use audio and grabbing the audio drivers on your system.  I'd suggest working through my list above with particular emphasis on getting rid of background programmes, upping the buffer size and downloading/using ASIO4ALL.

                • 5. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                  therealdobro Community Member

                  Jackson, define your terms.  What exactly do you mean by 'choppy'?  What exactly do you mean by 'spamming the mute button'?  (C'mon, gimme a break.)

                  • 6. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                    Jackson Masterson Community Member

                    its really hard to explain its like going in the middle if the audio and just silencing like 1/4 of a second and doing that many times. Also remember it gets REALLY quiet after 10-20 minutes and that is really annoying. 

                    • 7. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                      ryclark Community Member

                      You haven't really told us anything about your set up as Bob asked earlier. What is the spec of your PC and what operating system are you running on it? And most importantly what audio interface are you using? And which version of Audition?

                      • 8. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                        Jackson Masterson Community Member

                        omg im so sorry i forgot about that (im new to this forums thing) here the are

                        Proccecor: i5-3230M

                        CPU: 2.60Ghz

                        Windows version: 8.1

                        RAM: 6.00 G

                        Operating System: 64-bit Operating System x64 based processor

                        • 9. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                          Jackson Masterson Community Member

                          and what i mean by spamming the mute button is like while im talking (lets say in skype) it would sound like to the other person im spam-clicking the button so it sounds really strange.

                          • 10. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                            Jackson Masterson Community Member

                            And when i record without modification from audition it sounds completely fine. it does not have choppiness and does not sound REALLY quiet. Audition is supposed to make my mic BETTER not WORSE!

                            • 11. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                              Bob Howes CommunityMVP

                              Sorry but you're going to have to be much more specific here...as we keep asking you.  Now I add the question "what do you mean "record without modification from Audition"?

                               

                              FYI, Audition doesn't make your mic sound any better or worse in the recording phase.  It just records what it's being handed by your audio interface without making any changes at all.  If your level is suddenly going down mid recording, that's something happening external to Audition before the signal even gets there--or else it's a playback only problem because you accidentally programmed something in (unlikely).

                               

                              Have you gone through the steps I outlined above and got rid of background programmes that may be interfering with things?

                              • 12. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                What i mean by not no modification from audition is that i record without it going through audition and auditions effects. and to give you an better explanation to choppy it practically turns my voice into static for half a second.

                                • 13. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                  emmrecs Community Member

                                  Unfortunately, I think your last reply is "muddying the waters" even more!

                                   

                                  What do you mean by "I record without it going through audition and auditions effects"?  Are you or are you not using Audition to record whatever audio you want?  If so, you should most definitely NOT be attempting to use "Auditions effects", at least until after the recording is complete!

                                   

                                  As Ryclark and Bob Howes have both indicated before I think we need a very precise, step-by-step account of exactly how you are making these recordings, starting with the manufacturer/model number and type of mic you are using, how it is connected to your PC, etc., etc..

                                  • 14. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                    Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                    Ok, the "choppiness" is gone but the extreme quietness is still there. Please help!!!!!!!!

                                    • 15. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                      therealdobro Community Member

                                      Dear Jackson Masterson

                                       

                                      You keep asking for help, but I think help won't be forthcoming until you provide the information that people in this thread have been asking you for.  Go on - read the thread carefully, and then respond.  Did you actually read this bit that emmrecs posted: "As Ryclark and Bob Howes have both indicated before I think we need a very precise, step-by-step account of exactly how you are making these recordings, starting with the manufacturer/model number and type of mic you are using, how it is connected to your PC, etc., etc.."

                                      • 16. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                        Bob Howes CommunityMVP

                                        +1 to what Therealdobro said.

                                         

                                        There's nothing inherently wrong with Audition to cause "choppy audio" or low levels--as thousands of users all over the world can attest.  If you turn on your radio chances are that, as some point, you'll hear evidence to prove this since Audition is very common in radio stations and networks.

                                         

                                        Therefore there are things that need addressing in you own personal set up.  We can try to help with this but only if we can understand what your set up is.  Your posts up until now have been very unhelpful for us to try and help you--which we're willing to do but only if you help us.

                                        • 17. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                          Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                          Well im trying the best i can. Anyway the choppiness is gone like i said but i still need help with the extreme quietness.

                                          • 18. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                            Bob Howes CommunityMVP

                                            Bottom line.  Instead of just repeating you problem in very unclear terms, please give us the details we've asked for above.  Without them we can't possibly help.

                                             

                                            ...my last post until we get a proper reply to our questions.

                                            • 19. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                              emmrecs Community Member

                                              As Bob said: without much more detail/cooperation from you we can do nothing!

                                               

                                              To wholly echo Bob;

                                              ...my last post until we get a proper reply to our questions.

                                              • 20. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                what details do you need? specs of mic? settings in audition? remember you guys need to be specific with me too when trying to help. Ill give you as much as i can of what im guessing is what you mean by detail. I start recording my voice (i use audacity) and its fine, very loud and clear. but like 10 minutes after the start of the recording it gets REALLY quiet almost to not being able to hear at all but ill be honest it sounds clear still. I can easily amplify it to normal but having to do that every single time i record gets REALLY annoying. Just ask if you need further info... no need to be disrespectful.

                                                • 21. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                  salmassy66 Community Member

                                                  Hi,

                                                   

                                                  I'm curious as to why you aren't just recording in Audition.  Please respond to this and the below questions

                                                   

                                                  Are you saying that if you record for more than 10 minutes in Audacity, that the recorded level drops very low?

                                                   

                                                  What ver. of Audition? Audacity?

                                                   

                                                  What audio hardware and drivers?

                                                   

                                                  Are you using any plugins in the record chain (ie mic input -> plugin -> record track input)?

                                                   

                                                  How fast is your CPU, RAM?  Have you looked at the Task Manager's "Resource monitor" to see how you computer behaves while recording and playing back? (you can find the Resource Monitor under the PERFORMANCE tab of the Task Manager)

                                                   

                                                  Have you run a speed disc test to determine that your hard drive can keep up with the recording? ( you can try this link to get some editing support presets and the Speed Disk utility to check your drives Blackmagic Design: Support)

                                                   

                                                  I await your responses.

                                                   

                                                  -Chris

                                                  • 22. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                    Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                    For the first question yes,

                                                    i am using the latest version of audition and audacity,

                                                    if you mean what mic, it is the Audio Technica AT2020 USB Microphone,

                                                    If you mean effects, yes. if anything else, no

                                                    i have put all my pc info in a earlier response

                                                    • 23. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                      C.Salmassy Community Member

                                                      Hey, Jackson.

                                                       

                                                      I'm sorry, but you didn't actually answer my questions at all. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I cannot help you without the you doing the leg work.

                                                       

                                                      The Task Manager tests will help determine if you hardware and software are performing properly. 

                                                       

                                                      The disk speed test is to do make sure that your hard drive buffering is able to keep up while recording to disc. BTW, it's not a good idea to record audio to the same harddrive as your OS...you should be using a 2nd drive to avoid Read/Write I/O errors during REC.

                                                       

                                                      Increasing the the audio hardware buffering is also a way to ensure that the signal is digitized and recorded to disc without stuttering.  In your case, increasing the buffer would improve the performance of playback; the mic you have does the A to D conversion and sends the digitized audio data to the disc buffer.

                                                       

                                                      Can you tell me your ASIO/MME hardware settings and what hardware you're using for audio (internal on Motherboard/ external via usb - from your response about the mic, I'm guessing that you're using an internal sound device on your motherboard - I don't know...)

                                                       

                                                      Can you tell me if your audio hardware drivers are up to date?

                                                       

                                                      Have you tried asio4all drivers with your hardware to see if there is an improvement?

                                                       

                                                      The question about recording in Audition vs Audacity wasn't actually answered. It would be interesting to see if both apps have the same problem when recording beyond 10 minutes, right?

                                                       

                                                      I understand you're frustrated, but being patient with the people trying to help you may actually get you the answer you're seeking in a much faster manner.

                                                      • 24. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                        Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                        Im sorry but i have no idea what you just said. I'm only 12 so can you explain a little more clearly?

                                                        • 26. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                          Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                          Well since you guys are useless, Can you tell me why does it say when i try to contact support, "please restart browser to start new chat session"? I just wanna fix my god damn problem

                                                          • 27. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                            emmrecs Community Member

                                                            Jackson, being rude to posters here is NOT going to see you receiving any further help/support at all!

                                                             

                                                            Just to repeat AGAIN what has been very clearly said to you already: please re-read and fully answer the questions posed in posts 4, 7, 11, 13, 21, 23, to name but a few!  Whatever your age you cannot expect to receive ANY help if you do not provide the answers to questions which might help us to help you.

                                                             

                                                            As to your last question, why not do what it says and "restart your browser"?

                                                            • 28. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                              Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                              Ok, im sorry for calling you guys useless. And i know your trying to help me. Its just that this problem is ruining my videos as i cant record with this type of audio. When i go to contact support its shows i can call, use the forums, or go in a chat. But when i try to use chat it says, "please close and restart your browser to open another chat session". i close ans reopen my browser and it still says it. Heck, i RESTART MY PC and it still says it. Luckily i just "remade" my audition file and was able to fix the problem about the program shutting down. idk about the quietness problem though. Also if you guys forgive me (not gonna be surprised if you dont, which is ok) can you send me tutorials about how to make my mic sound the BEST it can be. AKA how to record and edit audio in Audition? Thanks!

                                                              • 29. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                Also following up to my last request (the tutorial one) can you guys also teach me how to import audio and edit that audio? Thanks!

                                                                • 30. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                  ryclark Community Member

                                                                  Jackson Masterson wrote:

                                                                   

                                                                  Also following up to my last request (the tutorial one) can you guys also teach me how to import audio and edit that audio? Thanks!

                                                                  Try taking a look at Adobe TV for Audition tutorials.

                                                                   

                                                                  Learn Audition CC | Adobe TV

                                                                  • 31. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                    Bob Howes CommunityMVP

                                                                    Or this page:  Audition CC tutorials | Learn how to use Audition CC

                                                                     

                                                                    Scroll past the first item on noise reduction and down to the "fundamentals" section which should give you all you need.

                                                                    • 32. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                      Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                      Thanks Bob Howes. Now when i record in audition and i play back the audio i cant hear anything. Why is that?

                                                                      • 33. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                        Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                        To be more descriptive i went to waveform and then recorded some audio. And i play back and i dont hear anything. Im using a Afterglow Wireless USB headset. And yes it is my default playback device.

                                                                        • 34. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                          Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                          Also how can i create a chain of effects to automatically apply to my audio?

                                                                          • 35. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                            Bob Howes CommunityMVP

                                                                            Well, I did a quick Google of the Afterglow headset and got about a million results about people having problems hearing computer audio through them.  The solution appears to be to not rely on the wireless but to plug a lead in between the computer headset out and the USB adaptor.  I found this video giving instructions:  Afterglow Wireless Headset - PC Setup - YouTube   However, be aware that with Audition you will likely need to set the Edit/Preferences/Audio Hardware menu to match what you have set in the Windows audio.

                                                                             

                                                                            As for effects, there's a video in the link I provided about the use of effects--but they won't be automatic.  You'll have to turn them on and adjust them as required.

                                                                             

                                                                            A general comment...in Audition you have a very professional audio editing tool.  It's used by broadcasters and audio designers all over the world.  However, because it's professional it also takes time to learn--it's far from automatic and far from a beginner's tool   You haven't given details of exactly what it is you want to do so I can't be more specific but it is worth taking the time to work through all those tutorials in detail to teach yourself how to use Audition properly.  The learning curve will be steep at first but we all went through it.  However, simply attempting to dive in and work without teaching yourself the basics is just going to be frustrating, both for you and the people you're asking to help you.

                                                                             

                                                                            Good luck.

                                                                            • 36. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                              ryclark Community Member

                                                                              It is also worth downloading the Audition help .pdf for learning about the fundamentals of digital sound and editing in Audition.

                                                                               

                                                                              Adobe Audition Help | Adobe Audition Help

                                                                              • 37. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                                Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                                I setup the headset the EXACT way and it still wont work. Does it matter that i have skype open and i use the headset for skype? Please help.

                                                                                • 38. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                                  Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                                  Also what exactly do i have to do in Audio Hardware?

                                                                                  • 39. Re: Why is my Audio so choppy?
                                                                                    Jackson Masterson Community Member

                                                                                    Also what about the "please quit your browser and restart" problem? (Sorry, alot of problems XD)

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