No, the alignment should have no bearing on correcting/causing a noise like you describe. When you checked the wheels for play, were you supporting under the lower control arm? The reason I ask, is with the suspension hanging unsprung, play in the ball joints may be masked by the downward force applied by the spring. Basically, what you are trying to replicate, is the suspension at a position as it would be with the wheels on the ground, but having the wheel suspended.
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 AT 1:35 AM