Distortion on Big Sur (solution)

So I had a crazy problem with the audio output on Big Sur. Distorted laggy… unusable.

I was able to solve it with the following:

Open the App ‘Audio MIDI Setup’. This is where the real audio configuration is done on the Mac.

Look for an Aggregate-Audio-Device listing.

I removed a USB ‘Mic’ that was listed as an output. The problem disappeared. My problem was caused by the fact that my Elgato Wave:3 (a virtual mixer) was also in this list causing the crazy lag and loop on the output channel.

My current list has two items, a pair of bluetooth headphones and my external headphones jack.

Hope this might help others in this situation.


Hi @declan,

Welcome to our Community and thanks for taking the time to share your experience here. The solution you found may very well help others who come across a similar problem, so thanks again for posting the details here.

Let us know if you have any other questions, and happy mixing! :headphones:

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