Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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So I started to play Sims 4 on the new MacBook Air with the M1 chip and the game works great, no complaints in terms of the performance. However, I did notice that the audio crackles and pops almost like a blown out speaker playing music. This happens when loading into the game or into different places and also when music is playing in the game. I am not sure why this is happening, it happens without any CC and is very annoying. I have tried to repair the game as well as move out the Sims folder and have the game create a new one. None of these methods helped. I noticed the crackling does not happen as much when quality is turned down low but it is still there. I am wondering if this could be because of Rosetta 2 or if it is something that can be fixed.

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I found a solution. No promises that it'll work for everybody, but it seems to be working for me. Open the Audio MIDI Setup app (should be under Other in Launchpad), click the Format dropdown, and change it to 96,000 Hz. I don't know why this worked, but I'm not having any crackling anymore.

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Re: Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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I have it on mine too but not on my other Macs which are Intel. Must be something M1 chip/Rosetta related.

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Ah okay thank you for the reply, I figured it was a compatibility issue. I wonder if EA will ever release an M1 friendly version of the Sims 4.

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I'm not holding my breath but it would be nice Standard smile

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Re: Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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I have the same problem on my new M1 Air. Hoping for a fix.

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Re: Game won't open after December 7th Update - Mac

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I'm having the same issue.

 

  • Operating System: Big Sur 11.0.1
  • Mac model: MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • Processor: Apple M1 Chip
  • Memory (RAM): 16 GB
  • Graphics: Apple M1 Chip

I'm also having an issue with audio crackling when playing the game, which started before this update but is still occurring after updating. Audio crackling only occurs in the game.

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Re: Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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@SadestPotato i'm having the same issue as well, along with crashing issues. I also have the M1 chip, really frusterating
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Re: Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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@SadestPotato
I have the same issue on my M1 MacBook Air.
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Re: Audio Cracking/Popping When Loading or Music is Playing (M1 MacBook Air)

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I have the same issue too. And the game is also closing after freeze... MODERATORS/ADMINS? Plz reply to this message

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Re: Game won't open after December 7th Update - Mac

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Hello, I have the same specs as you but how do you get more memory? I have 8, is there a way to add more?

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