OK, this MF'er is testing me LOL!...
I've been doing some meditation to calm the nerves... bloody computers ay lol.. only positive i take from this experience is more time spent with the family !! my wife is a bit shocked , asking me what's going on?
Anyway i disabled the Azalea Codec in the bios set up, disabled a lot of hardware which i didn't need running.. i also ran an update called Focusrite USB2 Drivers 2.4b3. - Restarted.. at ths MF'er is still winning the war..
I also tried to run the snow as the sound card.. put both monitor cables in the out's of the snow.. didn't seem to get audio however. Im still completely convinced its something to do with the desktop.. some setting or something rather hiding..
Also ran the DPC latency checker, its all green with an occasional yellow spike. I've been running this for 5mins and it doesn't seem to be showing the message like previously "some hardware may cause dropouts on this system" - something along those lines which I proclaimed earlier.
I also downloaded FL Studio (demo) of course to check if it was perhaps some settings in Ableton causing, but again .. couldn't hack 512 samples.. ..
Im just praying i dont have to buy a new computer .. I mean i spent enough on the desktop.. for some reason i keep thinking it might be because my PC is not good enough to handle it.. but then you i keep remembering your 5yo laptop can run at 512 samples .. hmmmmmmmmmmm very interesting..