I was about to work on a podcast that I edit in Audacity when I noticed that the source audio was dripping in reverb. If you have edited any audio yourself you'll know that you want the audio as dry as possible so that you can choose when and how to apply effects. At first I though the reverb had been added to source audio as it was recorded but then I noticed there was reverb applied to any audio I listened to - YouTube videos, MP3s in my music library, they all came through drenched in horrible reverb. Something was wrong with my machine.
The funny thing is that I wouldn't know how to add blanket reverb to all audio on my machine. I checked my audio driver from Dell and reinstalled it even through it was already up to date.That didn't make any difference.
To get rid of it I had to uninstall the audio driver and then reinstall it from scratch. To do this:
- "Start" button and select "Computer"
- Select "System properties" from the top menu bar of the "Computer" window
- Select "Device Manager" from the left-hand "Control Panel Home"
- Select "Sound, video, and game controllers" to show your audio device(s)
- Select the audio device you are currently using then right-click and select "uninstall."
- Reboot to complete the uninstall.
- On startup, Windows will detect the sound card and re-install drivers.
- It may require another reboot but your sound should now be clean
I hope this information is clear and useful to anyone else who encounters this weird problem.