Check your wave/direct sound setting in Personal Music Systems Posted January 30, 2001 It depends on your card. From my experience, the SB Live cards get crackly when wave/direct sound is up too high, but most other cards respond well to having the wave sound maxed. What I do (I have an SB PCI512) is have the wave/direct sound and master volume in windows maxed. Then I just use the control pod volume knob and it sounds great. Since the pros are never turned up very high from the preamp, hiss isn't a problem and it sounds excellent.