If you play the game and the gameplay is not smooth, consider changing to a lower quality setting, or a lower resolution for your screen. This may be how you're already gaming, but I doubt it. Again, this additional noise can be dealt with, but you need to understand your pedal. I did find myself learning a few actual solos, and that's an area of playing that usually causes me to struggle. Here's what that dialog should look like: In that dialog, set the audio format to 1 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz.
The good news is that if your guitar experience precedes your time with Rocksmith, then you probably have most of these. GarageBand also comes with a lot of guitar amplifiers and stomp boxes for added effects. For best results, you'll need to configure both your output device and the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable. You can generally use a headphone output, with the volume turned up, as a line level substitute. Effectively, this type of pedal can be used as a splitter. It'll add a little latency, but may resolve your audio crackling. Non-exclusive mode is helpful if you have multiple monitors and want Rocksmith 2014 to be fullscreen on one monitor and other windows available on your second monitor.
And, it can take a bit of work to dial in tones similar to what you can get from Rocksmith. The first option is Visual Quality. If you're playing with long 25', wound up instrument cables, to cross a distance of 3 feet, you're probably going to run into additional noise, and signal quality problems. This switch will tell Rocksmith 2014 whether you want the game to grab exclusive access to your audio devices. The first option on the Advanced Display Settings menu is Visual Quality.
If you don't have a splitter with a ground loop, or you are using a cheap y-splitter, your only option is to make sure that all of the involved equipment amp, pedals, computer, etc are plugged into the same power source. A smaller value will use a smaller buffer. These can be found under the Routing tab. See for a discussion about the necessity for one of these. The two options in this menu that affect this are Windowed Mode and Resolutions.
For the rest of us, the choice is between rewiring our system or living with the distracting timing. It also works great with Logic Pro X. You can always rename or delte your Rocksmith. The default setting is Medium, and most of the computers should be able to run smoothly with the default settings. If that's the case, make sure you've calibrated your guitar in Rocksmith. Some computers have settings in the audio driver configuration, to switch the socket from line-in mode to microphone mode.
Connect the first output of your splitter to the input of your effects. The default is set to 50ms is most cases! For most users of this guide, you will be able to get away with a decent splitter or with just your amp and your computer plugged into the same outlet. If your Combo amp doesn't have an effects loop, you will not be able to use this configuration. The game will fill the unused window areas with black bars and only display in a subsection of your screen. You should also set the device to allow exclusive mode to applications. Rocksmith Video Configuration Advanced Mode Although most video options are accessible through the Rocksmith menus, for complete control, locate the Rocksmith. That will open an explorer window and the Rocksmith.
There are a couple of reasons that make this type of connection useful. This also let's me use the amp modeling functions of my multieffects pedal, so that I can play with live sounds when other people are sleeping. If that doesn't work however - read on. Here are the Official requirements for rocksmith 2014. With all of that said, you really only learn by doing, so I still encourage you to try out one or more of these setups.
Rocksmith locks you down by keeping so much of its content under wraps when you first begin to play. First, make sure you have the latest version of DirectX installed on your system. Rocksmith tries to juggle being a game and a learning tool, and this causes it to stumble as both. By all means - try it anyway as your first step to removing the noise, as that may be all you need to do in your situation, turn down the player guitar volume within Rocksmith and you are set. This separates one of the ground paths from your signal, so that you don't have electrical current flowing in the wrong direction out of scope for this guide.