Work laptop had Bang & Oluffsen garbage software to do some crappy noise reduction (on the output! not the mic!) while on a voip call. Naturally I tried removing it because, well, who wants that? Now it's stuck doing the noise reduction on the output forever. Ever since I've been frantically trying to reinstall that god damned thing. Ugh! I don't get it! Whyyyyyyyyy!
Aha! The good old trick of just... nuking the audio driver completely and rebooting a couple of times, like 3 or 4 times or so, works. Windows is magical! ha...haha...hahaha...hahahasldkjfhaslkdfjasljkdf