Ok, so i looked for advice on Linuxquestions.org, but so far in about 24 answers the only response has been "disable pulse audio" which i tried, and it didnt work.
The symptoms i'm having are a crackling sound as i play an instrument. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10(?) 64 bit. The odd bit about it is that it's NOT being exported to a file if i record the song and play it in windows (have forgotten to play it in linux, will do that as soon as i finish this post)
The best i can describe the crackling is as sort of the sound you might get from a record player with some light scratches on it.
Edit to add:Checked the mp3 file in linux as well, and the crackling doesnt play that way either, which leads me to believe it's not a driver issue within linux