If any of you can help, I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm recording audio books and went out and bought some pretty decent equipment to get going. Mic: PR40 on a boom w/ the spider holder thing High end cables Byerdynamic DT 770 head set Alesis Multimixer 8 USB, Mixer I think my mixer sucks, but I'm not sure. When I plug my headphones into the mixer even WITHOUT any mic or other input, I hear a considerable amount of static or white noise. Then when I plug my mic in, it gets worse. Then when I actually start recording via the USB to both my laptop and desktop, I get a terrible hum or electric buzz that gets picked up on the recording. It's driving me crazy! I've tried grounding the mixer to my computer, but without any noticeable results. Am I expecting too much? I'd like to plug the headphones without a mic and hear nothing. Then, when plugging in the mic, hear only room noise without additional static/white noise. I'm new to this, so maybe this is normal?!??! BTW, it's not ambient room noise I'm picking up, it's definitely coming from an electronic source.