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Annoying crunching sound devleloped during recording

I've been using my Ion ITTUSB for a couple of years now, and for the past 10 months have been ripping a large collection of my vinyls to a hard drive. I have got the turntable connected via usb, as the product was intended for use. Over the past month or so, however, I have been having problems with recording. Basically, when recording (I have the option in Audacity to listen while I record) I get a very annoying crunching sound which is obviously more noticable when a beat is playing or whatever, it's almost as if the record is skipping (which it isn't, I'm fairly sure). I have tried changing the usb lead, the usb port into which the device is plugged, the stylus (twice). I've even swapped the slipmats just in case it was a static issue! The records are scrupulously cleaned before recording so it isn't dirt on the record (and I've recorded a few less clean ones and not had this problem, even ones that where scratched wheren't doing this). I've ordered some new styluses of the internet, just in case the replacements I was using wheren't good enough, but wondered if anyone has a clue what could be the problem?

I'm running XP, and using Audacity 1.2.6.

I get the feeling it is an issue with sending the info from the stylus to the computer, rather than a problem with the vinyls. So can anyone help?!!!

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  • AndyStan Dec 30, 2008

    Same here. However, it appears to be totally random. I can record two or three LP's with no problem and then it affects every track thereafter. I wonder if it's a static build up as the records are cleaned and so is the stylus. I even use canned air to blow away any dust. If I stop recording, switch it off and go back after a couple of hours the problem goes away (usually) and I can record the album that I was previously having problems with, okay.
    I think the problem is an electrical one - I don't remember having all these dust/noise/interference issues when all I had was a vinyl collection.
    Any ideas?

  • ste_knight Jan 19, 2009

    As stated, the vinyls are scrupuously cleaned before use, it is more like an electrical issue, as AndyStan has mentioned in his reply. Thanks for your help though.



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It sounds like the same problem I had. I solved it by keeping the stylus free of dust by brushing it frequently with a soft camel hair brush..

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