Audio clicks and pops in Ableton are nothing new to me. Needing to fade audio clicks at the beginning (and sometimes ending) of clips is part of my workflow if I don't want to re-record an instrument, (and sometimes it's just unavoidable regardless).
That being said, one of my guitar tracks on a particular song is laden with them. Practically half of the chords I played had clicks when I listened back. I was using an American-made Fender Stratocaster.
I was going to let it go, since I can either just grit my teeth and repair all of the clips or re-record (though I am hoping this issue didn't arise from the recording process, since I put a lot of time and effort into the performance). However, if you listen to the audio sample in the SoundCloud link below, you will hear the closing chord of the song, interspersed with audio clicks that are curiously timed with the kick drum. I feel like this might be a clue . . . though I am not sure.
I played with the sample rate in audio preferences, as too high (or was it low . . . ) of a sample rate has led to buffering issues (and lots of similarly painful clicking) in the past, but this didn't help any. I also toggled the other instruments on and off--the clicks were still there.
The fact that the same click happens across two instruments (guitar and bass)--see screenshot of session below--leads me to believe this is not related to my recording of the instruments or my subsequent splitting/consolidating or other manipulating of the tracks (the clicks occur in the middle of the sound wave--not at the beginning or ending of the clip regions). That would be a crazy coincidence.
Would you happen to have any suggestions for me?
Here are some very basic details of my setup:
MacBook Pro (Big Sur 11.6)
Ableton Live 11 Suite
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen