Alot of noise and hum

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Atmosphere, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere Guest

    Hi. I am getting alot of extra noise and hum when I record into my computer. This is my setup:

    - HP Computer
    - Behringer Xenyx Mixer
    - Behringer MX16 Speakers

    It's a basic setup, and I'm getting quite a good amount of hum and noise. It's not just while recording or only on the tracks I record - it's all the time.

    What am I doing wrong? What can I do to fix this?
  2. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Are you using a flatscreen monitor or a VGA monitor?
    VGA monitors will produce hum to the speakers if they're near by.
    There's probably a gazillion other possibilites, so we'll just start with this one and move on one by one from there.
    get comfy, this might take awhile.
  3. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere Guest

    It is one of the big fat monitors AND the speakers are very close to the monitor.. but how does that produce noise and hum on my recordings?
  4. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    The VGA type monitors create a big magnetic field. The recording would be fine, it's just that the speakers don't like being in a magnetic field. (they have their own magnetic field that they like to work in and don't take kindly to other magnetic devices getting all up in their stuff)
    Move the computer monitor away from the speakers and tell us if things improve.
  5. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere Guest

    Alright, I'll try this. Thank you!
  6. Mandachuva

    Mandachuva Guest

    Simpler way to do it: shut off the monitor. :)

    Mihai Toma
  7. 1000heads

    1000heads Guest

    what kind of surge protector are you using? I was having the same trouble you were, and i tried everything from moving speakers around, disconnecting rack units and preamps, changing cables, and buying de-hummig devices. I had everything running on a furman power conditioner, and my monitors, computer, and furman were connected into an old "industrial" surge protector I swiped from work. My choices, because I was facing a budget crisis at the moment, were either wait to buy a new furman, or use my surge protector that was once used for my home entertainment system. (It was pretty expensive when I bought it, but i needed more outlets) This not only did the trick, but it completly got rid of all electric hum. But despite me trying to sell these surge protectors, I'd still get a furman power conditioner, because it is less clutter.
  8. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Tell me that you didn't just say that you stole something from work?
  9. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Thats the funnest way of saying it I have read yet!

    Basically, look up speaker shielding.
  10. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Another point is that on the internet it's hard to know when someone is joking.
  11. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I thought I was living proof?
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