How do I lower the level when...??

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Member Since: Dec 28, 2007

I have a guitar amp running into a TUBEPre into my compressor(DBX 266XL) into my interface(Lexicon Lambda)[[did i set this up correctly? preamp before compression?]], when I am not playing the guitar, there is still some noise on the track, how can i set a gate to fix this or another solution maybe?

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Since: Feb 05, 2008

Feb 16, 2008 08:51 pm

are you running a line out from your guitar amp into a preamp? i just want to make sure i understand your set up.

noise could come from a bad cable or a discrepancy in power throughout the system.

gating would fix the problem temporarily but i would suggest trying to find the route and resolving the issue.

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Feb 16, 2008 09:26 pm

The best solution is to try and minimize the noise as much as possible by making sure your not facing a CRT monitor, or other interferance causing device, power lines etc. Using a gate you will be trading off stopping the noise or allowing the natural decay of your guitar sound. If the noise isn't too bad I'd just leave it and use a volume envelope to silence the parts where your not playing or edit out those portions. If you do use a gate you'll just have play with the release time to find a happy medium between the noise and your decay.


Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Feb 16, 2008 09:30 pm

It's also a good idea to make sure that your audio cables aren't running close to, and parallel to, your Internet cable. That'll get you some noise too. I found that one out.
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Feb 17, 2008 02:34 am

there are definatley a few things you could check, those that are mentioned and, i know it may sound stupid, but make sure you have balanced cables if they are needed.
I used to have a lexicon omega which is similar to what u got and mine had pre amps built in, pretty good ones too mind u. could be that u also have pre amps and maybe are doubling up? not sure that is even an issue if you do.

I would hook everything up and take each device out of the equation one at a time till you figure out what it is.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Feb 17, 2008 08:41 am

I don't know why you'd be sending line level signal (from the guitar amp) into a preamp (tubepre). That seems backwards. Maybe the tubepre accepts line level, and sends out line level, but it seems senseless at that point.

Take out the tubepre, and see what happens.

Yes, doubling up preamps is an issue.

Does the guitar amp have the hiss on its own? if not, then like mentioned above, avoid CRTs, flourescent lights, dimmer switches, use balanced cables if you can, short leads not running by power cables.

You can add gate software after you track, to silence the signal if it doesn't reach X amount of db. check kvr and i'm sure you'll find free gates out there.

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