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odd noise keeps me from recording

Discussion in 'Recording' started by acidkrishna, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. acidkrishna

    acidkrishna Guest

    i've had this problem with every computer i've tried so far, with every DAW and every sound card i have. whenever i try to record, through either line-in or mic, this distorted sound appears more or less randomly every 1-3 minutes, and usually makes the recording skip. if anyone knows what this is/how to get rid of it, i would be very grateful.

  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    I can honestly say I have no idea.

    It doesn't (to me) seem to be DC offset problems, or something being tracked too hot.

  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    What else is in the chain? If you're getting the same gremlin with mutliple recording systems, I'd start looking at everything else in the signal path.
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    It sounds like when you have bitcrusher on really high. It's almost as if the recording goes from bitcrusher setting 16 bits to 4 bits or so temporarily. Anything that is capable of doing that... and isn't the computer... it's gotta be the interface. I know you said different sound cards, but does that include 'external' sound cards as well?
  5. acidkrishna

    acidkrishna Guest

    No I've been looking into getting an external sound card, but i've hesitated since i won't have any more money to waste in case i get the wrong item.
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Then don't get the wrong item. Plan and research and save. Download and read the free manuals available from the manufacturers prior to purchase. Save. Whammo! A no brainer.
  7. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Usually a skip like was mentioned is attributed to a loose nut on the keyboard.

    The schematic to rectify this is hard, almost impossible to locate.

    But the next best thing is getting a sound card/interface manufactured specifically for audio recording.

  8. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    That's most likely a dry joint, or maybe a bad wiping contact on a plug/socket.

    What's in common between all your trials with different soundcards and different DAWs? Could it be your guitar or lead?
  9. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    It only sounds to me like you may be overloading a cheap sound card? Otherwise you may have buffer issues, paging file issues. Chrome plated connectors instead of goldplated connectors. Try recording at a lower level. Guitar plugged directly into a cheap soundcard microphone input with direct current on it to power cheap multimedia headset microphones. That DC would cause that kind of problem without even showing up as an offset. You cannot use the microphone input on cheap soundcards for anything other than multimedia microphones that require five volts DC. And that's what I'm hearing.

    Can you scratch my back was that?
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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