For anyone using an Aardvark Q10 ..... is yours quiet?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Barkingdogstudios, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Barkingdogstudios

    Barkingdogstudios Active Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    I have two Aardvark Q10's and like them a lot. Up until recently I had never tried to "offload" sounds from them onto other media (in this case digital audio tape on a DA-88) so the "background" noise that was coming out of the monitor and the other 8 outputs never really bothered me. It didn't get into the recordings either so that wasn't a problem.

    But now, I'm trying to transfer some recordings onto the DA-88 and the noise in all but the front headphone output makes this impossible. I suspect the noise isn't coming from the Q10 itself because if I increase the monitor level the "noise" doesn't get louder. Also, the headphone output on the front of the Q10 is as quiet as can be. I think it's some part of my PC system that is the source but where do I start looking?

    If I had to describe the sound it would be like distorted pink noise that changes in pitch and intensity whenever I move the mouse or open a window. It's especially loud when I first open SONAR.

    Any thoughts? Would a video card cause noise interference? Other parts of the system? I have disabled any and all "resident" sound sources on the computer (like the onboard sound card). Only the Q10 is active.

    Oh, and I have also "isolated" the unit so that I'm fairly certain it isn't magnetic interference from a power cord or transformer.

  2. Barkingdogstudios

    Barkingdogstudios Active Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Oh, and I am going to create a .WAV of the sound so that I can send it to people who would be willing to help me figure out what's going on.
  3. McBass

    McBass Guest

    Q10 noise

    I had a similar problem with My Q10's. unfortunately I never found a solution. I spent hours and days toubleshooting and in the end I got rid of the Q10's. Sorry I can't be of more help but, I feel for you. Can this sort of thing be why Aardvark is in it's current sate?!!
  4. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    I haven't seen this to be a problem with the Q10. I think it's somewhere else in your system.

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