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Problem with pops please help...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Nipproductions, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Hows it going im new to the site an would like to first off by saying from the looks of the topics here this seems to be a really resouceful an over all helpful site.. after reading my problem please let me know if you have any suggestions... ive been recording for a few yrs now an this is mostly the most fustrating thing ive come across.... recently when i record mystery pops while apear in the wav like its clipping but the input or gain is fine on the mic levels for example. lets say i record a verse the levels are good but half way through you'll hear and see a pop around -10 to -3db most people wont even notice but it drives a trained ear nuts. my first thought was maybe te outlet from the way to pc is surging causing an electric surge in the recording, so i got a 1500joules surge protecter the pops are still there an seem to be toned down a little but im not sure... my other thought was maybe the video card is glitching cause an interference with the soundcard but i have no clue to be honest... any input would be helpful an if my decription of the promblem needs more detail feel free to ask questions.. thank you all in advance... a sample of my work can be heard at http://www.nipproductions.com i both produce an record myself so feel free to leave comments or feedback as well... again thank you all in advance
  2. Doomith

    Doomith Guest

    What computer set up are you running (specs), what recording software are you using and what interface.
    Or desk and gear etc etc.

    Also please make use of, ". , ?" a little more. :)
  3. intel cpu 2.80ghz , 768mb of ram, software is audio audition (i know this isnt really professional software but ive never had problems with it) and the interface is a sound blaster audigy 2.. lemme know if you need more info
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    When you get the spikes in the waveform are you recording a live analog input? or is it happening during mix down?
  5. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    Maybe a decent audio interfaces will help a lot....
  6. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Maybe mismatched ram, looks like you have a 256meg and a, lets see, carry the one, 512meg chip(s) installed.

    Or one 768meg mem. chip

  7. This happens when recording an in mixdown. and the more you play around with the mix the more pops show up its the wildest thing ive ever seen... could this have anything to do with the power supply or video card?
  8. Doomith

    Doomith Guest

    I doubt it would be the video card but it could defiantly be the power supply.
    Have you tried reformatting windows? That would be the first thing I do!
  9. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    I once had a similar problem when using a windows machine for recording. It ended up being a slower than needed hard drive. The hard drive just couldn't keep up with all of the tracks I was using. I would also recommend recording to a different HD than your OS is running on. Not sure if this helps at all. If all else fails, get a mac and a different sound card. :lol:
  10. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    You running a motherboard with a Via chipset?

    Who handles the Northbridge...Intel or Via?

    Have you checked for conflicts in the Startup>Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager area?

    It's in your computer, it happens, people get it all the time. You can't hear it so you record and DAMN...it's clicking and popping After you record!!!!

    This is were you have to become the technician you did not want to become:)

    I'm still curious on were you got those old rocks your using for memory:)

    512 and a 256 chip probable from two different makers of different parity...it's an area of concern where I come from.

    edit: you should consider strongly not to reformat and re-install in the attempt to correct this or any issue just because someone said so. This is a lazy attempt at correcting software issues passed down from many non-technical well meaning people from many a year ago.

  11. yea i dont think a reinstall of windows would do it, may be harddrive or ram issue but im really leaning on a new power supply
  12. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    What does the DAWs CPU meter tell you? Are you taxing the CPU?
  13. nope, cpu is is good between 30 an 50% id say of top
  14. JustinP

    JustinP Active Member

    Just a thought, but are you using a word clock, if so is it set to the right device. i was just wondering because if the word clock is not linked correctly
    it will cause ticks and pops.
  15. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I had issues with noise a while back - ended up being my PC power supply - the +5V was running low - the result was a crackle more than a pop - the interface was a MOTU 24i.

    I have also had issues with noise on playback from Audition that was related to a weak graphics card. What version of Audition are you running?
  16. 1.5 i think with a nvidia geforce 2 video card
  17. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I did not have graphics-related pops in AA until 2.0, but a Geforce2 is not much of a graphics card. I'll also make a guess that your Intel CPU is a Celeron - small cache.

    I suspect you need to strip some of the unnecessary services out of your windows install. http://www.blackviper.com is a good place to start for that. Antivirus/anti-spyware software can also cause problems by interrupting the recording process.

    You're running a not-so-not sound card on an old CPU with a small cache and a weak graphics card. I doubt is a RAM problem unless your ram is dying. It is also possible a disk throughput issue - not enough disk space or badly fragmented drive that can't lay down a track without hunting for space. I had severe problems once when a hard disk was dying.
  18. im using 1.5 i believe and a nevidia geforce2 video card
  19. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Have you tried increasing your buffers?
  20. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    How about an audio sample for starters:)

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