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Member Since: Apr 08, 2008

Hi, I already posted this but didn't really get any figured maybe I need to elaborate a little bit.

OK, so i generally get more noise out of my mics than I want. It is usually a hissing, like I am turning something up too loud when I record. The specific track I am thinking of used a nady sp-5 I believe to record acoustic guitar. If the noise was during the whole thing I might be able to pass it off as ambiance, which I have no problem with myself and even like sometimes, but there was noise like I had hit the mic accidentially in the beginning of the recording. I cut that out, but that cut the hiss out, so now when the guitar track comes in the hiss is incredibly noticable. So, any suggestions?

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Since: Apr 08, 2008

Jan 30, 2009 07:17 am

Oh, also I would like suggestions for cutting out hiss altogether, or as much as possible. Thanks.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 30, 2009 07:41 am

Try and isolate the noise, to see what component is causing it. Could be:

1) mic itself
2) cable
3) rf noise, from computer, wall power, etc
4) bad converters in PC

Start trying different combinations to use process of elimination.

Be aware though, that it may be a combination of things.

Also, i just thought, there may be an input turned on in your PC, receiving signal when it shouldn't be. In the windows sound applet, make sure you turn off everything you don't need: mic, line input, aux input, etc.

Also, be sure to turn down any other devices you have plugged in, if there are any (i.e. mixer channels, preamp channels, etc).


MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Jan 30, 2009 10:57 am

Q. What preamp are you using? What interface? Are you (Please God, no...) routing through Window's Mixer on the way in?

There are sooooooooooo many places to mess up the gain staging...

In this case also, the preamp is going to need to be amazingly quiet - As the mic you're using is amazingly NOT quiet, and would need loads of clean gain to pick up an acoustic guitar relatively well.

Since: Apr 08, 2008

Jan 30, 2009 12:13 pm

I am using a behringer mixer(xlr to 1/4in, no phantom as i understand it's not for my mic), out to my behringer amp, out to pc(line in, rca to 1/8, soundblaster card), then I usually use melody assistant( to record just for ease purposes(I understand it because I have been using it on and off since I was about 13, 13 years ago, and it's incredibly simple). I have been trying new programs on and off and am slowly making a switch towards cubase I think.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Jan 30, 2009 12:18 pm

I would imagine that hiss could be from cranking the pre-amp to get a decent signal. I had this problem before as I wanted my LDC signal to be loud on capture. Turns out I just had to turn down the pre (just enough to alleviate the hiss\noise\air) on capture and turn up the guitar in the mix later.

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