Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:35 am Post subject: Converting Vinyl to WAV/Flac Static: STATIC ISSUE
Having recently changed my laptop, I am now getting an awful lot of static when recording a vinyl to FLAC/WAV.
I basically have one of my turntables connected to a dedicated phono Pre-Amp (Earth/Ground and Phono leads) and the pre-amp output connected to the input on my external usb soundcard (MAYA 44 USB) and the USB lead straight into my laptop (Sony VAIO / Windows 7 / 64 Bits).
If I monitor at the soundcard level, (headphone / optical out), I don't get any noise or static, if I monitor via the laptop I have a lot of static...
I have tried to run the laptop on the battery etc... made sure no wires overlap or anything.
I tried switching audio recording software (Audacity / Cool Edit Pro) as well to no avail.
Tried the same configuration on a Smal HP EliteBook and I don't have the problem at all.
Not sure if anyone has come across similar issues, do I need to ground some of the elements in the chain (if so, how?) or could a software driver be at fault?
Thank you for the hints, I will do more testing tonight and report back!
I have Traktor set-up on the machine using the two stereo output on the USB soundcard and it runs smoothly, no issue with playing music. I have only tried recording in Audacity or Cool Edit Pro and only from a turntable (no other source yet). So will try a few things and see if I can narrow the problem down or even fix it (fingers crossed).
Well, I tried recording using a CD player as a source and I had the same noise/static issue.
After much messing around (latency settings, uninstall/install drivers a few times...), it's really the latency settings which lead me to the right path, in fact after getting quite frustrated with being unable to access the soundcard ASIO control panel through some of the applications, I did a bit of "Googling" and eventually downloaded an ASIO compatible version of Audacity and BINGO!
The version of Audacity I had wasn't supporting ASIO devices/Win 7 properly and although I could select my soundcard as the recording device I don't think the appropriate drivers were used for the sound capture... hence the noise.
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