I have uninstalled those from the software manager. removed anything to do with soapy/mirisdr and tried to remove that soapyaudio driver that keeps showing up instead of the RSP. Rebuilt soapysdr and sdrplay and still that blasted soapy audio driver shows up. I think i’m about to wipe the partition and do a fresh install of mint. We’ve tried our best and i think we are chasing our tails now. I’m certain i have too many bits of left over drivers or the like that giving me grief.
I didn’t find the right solution from the Internet.