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Noisy computer ruins my recordings

Discussion in 'Home Recording Studio' started by danielodland, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. danielodland

    danielodland New Member!

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    When I record my strat (sss) the pickups pick up this insanely annoying noise from my computer. Its not only hum and static noise, its ticking as well. Sounds like a sci fi robot walking around inside a fuzzbox.

    Now, I know this could be fixed with using noiseless pickups or humbuckers. However, I wish I could use my beautiful sounding strats as well.

    Is there any way of solving this? Can I build a shield or something around my pc? I imagine cutting up a cardboard box and lining it with something. Anyone have a trick?

    Ps: The pc is not old or faulty. Its a new machine with a good case. Its hardly audible to my ears. But unfortunately my strat can hear it.
     
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  2. pazman6

    pazman6 Senior Stratmaster

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    Record in a different room with your guitar. Turn off any flourescent lights in the house.
     
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    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    welcome to the forum! Have you shielded your guitar? I heard very good things about doing that
     
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  4. Dadocaster

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    I record at the desk that the computer sits on with a bunch of different guitars, including guitars with single coils and have never noticed this problem. I have had guitars that were rendered unusable by various kinds of lights/ceiling fans.
     
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    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

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    Turn off the monitors and try it.
     
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    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In addition to all the above suggestions, I'll answer your question about the box around the computer.

    I would find a cardboard box that can hold the tower and line it with heavy duty aluminum foil.

    This will act as a Faraday cage- if you're not familiar Google it.
     
  7. jtees4

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    Hit record, stand and walk back a few steps, and move around until you find some quiet. If that doesn't work then I got nothing except what others have said.
     
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    I was going to say make sure that the case itself is well grounded, the interface too. Laptops with poor power supplies are a pain for noise. That and turn the guitar around until you get least noise.
     
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    you can get RF shielding from amazon. you can build a little booth to stand in whilst you record. it'll block all interference from any possible source
     
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    I record on a Zoom H6 for these types of reasons, then use a DAW for mixing.
     
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    what they said...
    all of them.

    What type of computer and monitor do you use? laptop, tower, abacus...?

    for that matter...
    what type...not brand, just platform.

    some are more prone to issues than others.
     
  12. Dadocaster

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    I am also wearing socks.
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well I am certainly glad to hear this. I was worried you were only wearing your Birkenstocks...in winter, sans socks!

    just wondering if you use a laptop or tower, because you happen to be one of the more skilled engineering types I follow and figure if anyone knows how our new friend from Norway has managed to record everything but his/her music, it might be you...
     
  14. nederemer

    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    Probably going to be the hard drive
    If you're recording the data needs to be written somewhere. The only fix for that will be to replace it with a solid state drive or nvme.
     
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    When in close proximity, my SSD creates an audible whine through my interface.
     
  16. CigBurn

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    I've never heard a HD do something like that. But I have heard case fans do it through monitors running connected to a motherboards sound system. Especially inexpensive ones that change speeds depending on need. I've also heard optical drives in the past but mostly on spin-up.

    Just food for thought.
     
  17. Dadocaster

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    Ahh. A classic misapprehension and certainly understandable. :D I work at audio engineering a great deal, but I am uniquely and steadfastly unskilled. :D
     
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    Turn your internet connections completely off, as well as all electronics, bluetooths etc etc
     
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    I use photovoltaic panels and storage batteries. The charge controller makes a huge amount of noise (20A being switched at something like 300KHz), it induces fields at a surprising distance into AM radio circuits and single-coil guitar pickups. When the system is charging, my single coils pick up a huge amount of noise. I shielded my guitars, it helped some. I changed orientation of the guitar. Mostly, I try not to play electric in the middle of the day, when the system is charging.
     
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    I've had that problem as well. Usually a step back or two from the computer helps a lot.
     
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