Music production PC build

Discussion in 'Production' started by alyeska, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. alyeska

    alyeska New Member

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    Hey all. I'm looking into building my own PC for producing. Does anyone have any good builds?
     
  2. LikesItHardware

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    Be careful with what hardware you install into your computer it can cause unwanted noise. I installed a new HD into my PC and ever since there's extra noise in my audio output.
     
  3. AzUK

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    I don't think that installing a hd would cause that extra noise. Mostly likely you hit loosened some cables, or something like that.
     
  4. LikesItHardware

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    I can hear a very quiet noise in my audio whenever I access that HD. Perhaps has something to do with how close the SATA cable is to my PCI sound card.
     
  5. AzUK

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    That could definitely bee a the reason why.Are your cables shielded?
     
  6. LikesItHardware

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    The inputs are standard instrument cables but the outputs are shielded.
     
  7. LikesItHardware

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    So I did a test recording. And the PSU/HD whatever noise wasn't there. It was pretty much just white noise (pretty low noise floor didn't eve show up on the meters). Something is happening with the audio output that doesn't happen with the input.
     
  8. Elzerk

    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Tune your pc to gaming but add a good internal soundcard for your needs. Worked for me!
     
  9. LikesItHardware

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    My PC was built by a manufacturer that makes nothing but gaming PCs. And I have and Echo sound card that has amazing converters. This noise is driving me crazy. It doesn't show up in recordings unless I sample from my PC (which I do all the time).
     
  10. Howitzer

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    Thats a ground loop mate. Are you running XLR or RCA to/from your soundcard?
     
  11. LikesItHardware

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    1/4 TRS
     
  12. Dugg Funnie

    Dugg Funnie Well-Known Member

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    What kind of "noise" you talking about?

    Also, no matter what I'd go for one of these for your cooling system:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


    Among the quietest fans on the market.
     
  13. LikesItHardware

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    Computer noise. Zipper sounds and an oscillating tone that sounds like flanger.
     
  14. Dugg Funnie

    Dugg Funnie Well-Known Member

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    It turns out that it was my monitor control box. I moved it and the noise went away.
     
  16. LikesItHardware

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    It's my sampler that causes the ground loop. Errrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. LikesItHardware

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    Do you think ground loop hum eliminator/isolation transformers would help?
     
  18. AzUK

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    If its a ground loop, the first thing I'd do is to rewire all of the cables and things, then if that doesn't work, then hum eliminators might work, but correctly wiring should remove ground loops.
     
  19. LikesItHardware

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    I've been going though all my gear. Really reduced the hum. I think some of my synths may just be noisy.

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    So when I hook my computer's audio out directly to the sampler it's dead silent.
     
  20. Elzerk

    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Well this is awkward.