Hopefully this is the right forum for a question about Guitar Rig 3. Downloaded a copy and have found that it sounds like complete crap on both a laptop running Vista and a desktop running WinXP (with a SoundBlaster card). I've updated drivers, adjusted the volume/recording controls up and down. If I leave "direct monitoring" enabled, the bass sounds very clean with a background of nasty distortion (as in bad, all crackly and such). The Guitar Rig site hasn't particularly useful in troubleshooting this problem. Basically *any* sound that comes through the Guitar Rig program itself is all crackly sounding.