can't figure this out... can you check out the sample?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jcnoernberg, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    I have been getting this distortion/clicks n pops/static in my recordings for a while. Even just recording a single track it happens. It goes off and on so I'm almost positive it's on the computer/software end. I have a clip link listed below, can someone check it out? Someone with more experience can probably pin it right down. I've been doing everything I can to optimize for recording including: doubled ram to 512mb, have no non-audio programs installed, disabled all unnecessary services, and still get the pops. I'm recording at 44.1 kHz, 16 bits. Is it a slow hard drive? Some sort of interrupt problem?

    I use...

    Compaq Presario 2100 notebook (1.6 GHz Celeron, 512mb ram, xp home)
    motu 828 firewire interface

    The sample I have was recorded via the phantom powered line in using a condenser mic. I can't seem to go much higher than about 30% gain without the distortion.

    10 second clip, distorted at about half way
  2. noit

    noit Guest

    Do you have a SCSI card? It sounds like a situaltion I had when the SCSI controller was fighting my Audio card for control of the PCI bus. I never got it to work. I bought a Mac instead.
  3. TheReal7

    TheReal7 Guest

    I have the exact laptop and ram and I haven't experienced what you are. Although I am running PT and a Mbox. :?
  4. hellogoodbye

    hellogoodbye Guest

    that doesn't sound like clipping.

    your hard drive catching up wouldn't make it get staticy like that.. it'd make it skip.

    it sounds like a cable or loose wire getting jiggled or something while he's playing. have you tried different cables/mic's? When does the problem happen exactly? can you reproduce it?
  5. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    The motu has two preamped ports, and like 6 other line inputs. I'll try a line input and see what happens. The cables are brand new. I heard of motu 828 users complaining of "scratchy pots" could this be what they are talking about? Hmmmm.

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