Posted on Aug 11, 2008 09:15 pm
Member Since: Aug 11, 2008
Hey all - I've spoken with Apple support AND Alesis support, and nobody seems to have any familiarity with this issue.
Quick background: MacBook black, TI Firewire chipset, OSX10.5.3, Logic Pro, using an Alesis iO|26 interface.
What happens is that in my recordings I get a soft crackle in the background that, when amplified sounds like a lovely wood-burning fireplace in the dead of winter. Unfortunately, that's not what I want to hear in recordings. I've replaced the iO|26 once already, assuming that it was merely a defective board, but the issue has not been resolved.
What's even more interesting is that, even without any inputs plugged in (that is, with the Alesis board empty and all the inputs turned down or off) Logic will still record that crackle.
Is it a firewire issue? Is there a loose connector in the back of the Alesis unit? Is there something wrong with my MacBook's soundcard? I have no idea, and neither do any of the people, seemingly, who make these products.
I know it's not buffer issues, because the sound itself is actually being recorded and is quite visible in the waveform on screen...which is very bad.
Has ANYBODY experienced the same issue and, if so, is there a workaround? Or do I simply have to keep returning Alesis boards until I get one that isn't poorly manufactured?
Thanks so much,
P.S. I can upload the crackle sound to my website if anybody is interested in hearing exactly what it sounds like!
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