Beeping noise when trying to record

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Member Since: Jan 07, 2010

Hi there. I have been using a Behringer Xenyx1202 mixer along with a Behringer U-control UCA202 to record music for about two weeks. The setup worked fine up until yesterday. It started when I plugged my mic in (also a Behringer) to record an acoustic guitar. Every 20 seconds or so, I hear a beep that goes off. I think it might be the U-control but I can't be sure. Can anyone help me fix this problem?

I recorded the sound if that helps at all:

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 07, 2010 07:08 pm

Wow, that's not nice.

First, isolate exactly where the beep is;

does it get recorded only in the track?

does it only sound on playback, or when recording too?

do you hear it when you're not recording?

do you hear it when your DAW software isn't loaded. Close the program to find out.

can you plug headphones into mixer, and does it show up there?

can you unplug the UCA and the sound go away, or stay there?

what software are you using?

is the time between beeps set, or variable, and if so, what type of time frame (if other than 20 seconds)

maybe the software you're using has a plugin loaded that is a demo, so it emits a 'demo' beep every so often.

(that last one is my personal favorite).

Give up some answers to those questions, and we can delve deeper.

Since: Jan 07, 2010

Jan 07, 2010 07:21 pm

The sound is coming from the U-control. The sound levels on the mixer do not change when the noise is made but you can clearly hear it in the recording. I found that it also does this when I am not recording. I'm using Audacity at the moment and there is no 'demo' software in there.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 07, 2010 07:35 pm

when you unplug the UCA, the sound goes away?

and when you close audacity, the sound is still there?

These answers should point distinctly to the UCA (or not).

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 07, 2010 07:36 pm

If yes, then I'd say call behringer. I've heard of people calling them before, and having good luck with customer support, so hopefully you can get it replaced, if it's indeed defective.

Certainly a strange way to fail though . . .

Since: Jan 07, 2010

Jan 07, 2010 07:41 pm

It wasn't bought directly from Behringer so I'll have to take it back to the store.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 07, 2010 07:54 pm

actually, behringer may replace it too, if the store doesn't.

If the tests point directly to the UCA, then certainly I'd try and get it replaced. I can't think of anything else possible to fix it, being an end-user consumer.

Hope it works out OK for you.

You may want to document all the test you did, so you can decidedly assure that the UCA is the problem. A store may try and point the blame onto other components, like I was during troubleshooting above. Having a troubleshooting doc will prove to Sally Salesperson that the fault is indeed with the UCA.

Better safe than sorry, i'd say.

Good luck.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Jan 08, 2010 12:04 pm

Make sure that you're not using a demo version of one of your plugins. Some trial versions insert an intermittent beep to keep you from recording usable tracks with their free software. So check your VST plugins for trial versions.

Doh, already suggested above...

Since: Jan 07, 2010

Jan 08, 2010 04:03 pm

Thanks for the help Tadpui but I discovered that the problem was coming from the UCA, not the software.

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