If you recently installed a new video card, or just happen to hear crackling or otherwise less than perfect audio, I may have the fix for you.
First of all, download DPC Latency Checker.
Start your music playing after running the DPC tool, and do you see red bars? If so… you’ve got problems; but you already knew that, hence your google search that landed you here!
What I found was “NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)” needed to be disabled.
Find this by going to your start menu, and type in in “device manager”.
Next, open up sound and video game controllers (click on the arrow to expose the drivers), and right click the WDM, and choose disable.
Reboot, and be thankful towards both life and music again. Woosah!