When comes to DIY home recording, especially for recording an
The worst you can get of the unwanted noise while recording a guitar/bass on DIY build PC is the computer fan noise join the guitar sound in the
In most cases, the noise becomes worst when you use a high gain amp simulator. Not only in DIY build PC, but the issue also occurs in the
It’s good to have a sweet ’noise’ from distortion effect but beside that, unwanted noise is really horrible.
So in this post, I want to share with you guys how I cheat when recording guitar
This is my old experiences ‘diary’ when still active in creating and learning to make music. So if you are into audio and home recording stuff this post may useful.
But before that below is the example of my demo track that has unwanted noise, you will hear it on clean overdrive part:
And below is the sample of track after I did some fix:
There is a big
Reduce Unwanted Noise By Find Out The Source
First thing you need to do is finding the unwanted noise and the first suspected gear is your instrument. In this case, your guitar/bass.
1. Fix noise from guitar
It could be the cables/jack if you have
If you are a typical guitar player who likes to doing surgery to your instrument then it must be
So find help from electrician man for soldering your guitar, and show him your guitar wiring diagram, so he can help you have better soldering. And always use the good guitar cable for standard recording. DIY cable sometimes caused the issue too, once again is about the bad soldering stuff.
2. Reduce noise from PC
The second suspected gear is your PC,
Of course beside the human source, PC is the only gear that responsible for all that happens in digital recording. So how to reduce noise that comes from the
If you are using a DIY build PC you may have the issue, since there is a mix and match component in home build PC it could be the source of unwanted noise that come from PSU fan or cases fan.
I’ve been building DIY PC several times, I still remember the first PC I build my self is a desktop computer with a Pentium 4 processor. And believe it or not until now the PC still live, I give it to my nephew.
And after build some other PC with a ‘better’ spec I think I will never deal with a pc noise again, but the issue still happen.
It comes to my conclusion that I think the noise must come from the PSU fan. But after I change the PSU it still has a noise this time wasn’t a sound of the fan that becomes my issue but a continuously hum sounds.
After I check and ask an electrician man, the
When you record or play your guitar on DAW and at the same time your sister watch TV there is a massive hum noise. But when there is nobody turn on another electronic stuff, the massive hum
So! If you have the same issue even you are using a factory build computers, that must be your home or your apartment likely having a bad grounding issue.
No, you don’t need to ask the electrician to fix this, there is a better way to make the noise caused by grounding problem gone. Is by using a Power Converter Regulator Stabilizer.
There is some brand that you can find on local computers store or buy it online at Amazon. Below is the example of Power Stabilizer.
You can check it on Amazon and say goodbye to bad grounding noise :).
By fix the two issue above, you now should not deal with the unwanted noise. At least you now deal with less noise.
But! If you are playing music with heavy sounds like Metal or Hard Rock. You will need to
Then you probably will hear again the unwanted noise (
Even if you are using a gate on your track signal chain the noise will be
What I did to cheat this issue, is by adding another gate in the DAW input. And set it not too aggressive. Just to make the noise that almost unheard when not using amp simulator software.
You can always use a built
Okay, that’s how I cheat the unwanted noise in my home build computers. And by far it works.
So for you guys who just start to learn digital recording stuff, hope this post useful to reduce unwanted noise.
I have no longer as active as in the past in creating music as my hobby. But I will keep on sharing things
If you want to start a discussion or have another issue etc please feel free to leave your comment below. Maybe I can help.
If I can’t, then someone else that can
Thanks for reading 🙂