helping hand needed with recording info

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Member Since: Sep 05, 2008

hey ppl right im gonna probably ask something you probably answerd loads of times. but they say no stupid questions just stupid ppl so im one of them at the moment.

right im Recording through A pod X3 via USB into cubase now when i record i get humming and i know i need a compressor to do that hardware obviously better for pre recording compression to cut the humming out on vocals and even on guitar. thing is i have no idea what the hell one even looks like or who makes them so some sudgestions on modles and makes would be handy not to fased on price too much but pref one that is not rack mounted as i dont hgave a rack to mount it in lol but looking for something good but not majourly xpensive dont wanna pay more for the thing than my guitars drums and all that stuuf in one price lol

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 05, 2008 11:15 pm

First off, welcome to HRC.

A compressor will not cut the humming down at all. In fact it could possibly make things worse by adding make up gain and simply amplifying the hum.

I'll ask a couple of question's first off.

Do you get the hum just with the guitar, or is it when you use a microphone as well?

If it just the guitar then you may have a cable or wiring issue in the guitar itself. That is the usual cause of severe hum. It can also be attributed to bad grounding on the wiring you are getting power from for the unit and a power conditioner may solve that issue.

You have built in compressor models in the POD so that is not something you really need at all.

Also, there is a learn function for eliminating the noise it might pick up from guitar pickups or bad cables. Use the Gearbox software panel that should have come with the unit and plug in whatever you are going to use and then hit the learn button for the hum control on the left hand side of the panel.

Also, certain high gain pick ups can get a hum going from simply being near any electronic or lighting devices. PC monitors and TV sets are a huge cause of hum. IF you sitting right in front of a PC monitor you are going to get nasty noise.

Since: Sep 05, 2008

Sep 06, 2008 05:08 am

the guitr is no majour humming its pretty well done up after spending a small mountain of gold on getting it changed to better everything. so i get a slight buzz from it but im thinking its the PC doing that the mice is the real issue it may be because its not a high quality one but i rely need to get a way to cut out the hum when there is little or no ocals going on at all. as for cabeling ther brand new and heavy duty ones so im hoping there fine. As for the learn button i cant find it on my gearbox but i looked at the help file and it said it was not available on the Pod xt or Pod X3 so ill have to llok somwere to see how it works on The PodX3 unless someone already knows coz its a large book that came with this thing and all in very small print lol

Thnx for the tips noze2u ill have a little play around with some settings on Gear box ad see what i come up with because at the moment when i record i come up with a very live sounding recording and im guessing thats coz im a noob to recording and there is probably something im doing compleatly wrong on the up side the drums sound amazing only because i use a v drum set hooked up to easy drummer lol

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 06, 2008 03:36 pm

luellin, you can simply use the gate then in the stomp box section of the gearbox. Or right from the panel of the x3.

That will simply shut down any sound below a certain threshold that is not wanted.

Since: Sep 05, 2008

Sep 07, 2008 11:27 am

ok cool tnx ill try that out and see how it goes

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Sep 09, 2008 01:35 pm

I love the hum reduction in gearbox, works wonders as I don't like to gate my guitar.

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