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I have an IBM, Windows XP Professional computer. I use this computer for recording purposes only. The problem I am having is this ... When recording I have an unbelievable amount of hiss. It has nothing to do with my audio software program I am using to record. It has nothing to do with my microphone or mixer, I know this because I set up my ever pc and the problem stopped. I have tried everything I can think of including adjusting the levels on my line in, line out and mic.

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  • b3nraw1 Nov 29, 2008

    my mic don't work on the new sound blaster sound card



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Hiss is generally caused by lack of Mic gain. depending on the type of Mic your using. PC fan's can be the other.
If your PC is quiet, Your problem isn't cables and disabling anything. true, You should be in the right jack (input) for it to be effective. but if your getting signal that point is obvious.
PC recording carries many problems as well as benefits.
When grounding. Every studio I've wired has the console as the grounded component. everything else is lifted, and sheilds are tied back to the console. result... No loops at all.
If your PC is running through a console lift the PC's ground. this will help, not hinder the hiss.
Yes, Cell phones do bleed into any system live or recording.
but won't cause hiss.
I would also reconsider your choice of sound card. There are many to choose from. how ever, if you want quality, unfortunaly you'll have to buy quality. jury rigging as most of these posts seem to indicate will only bring you further frustration.
Buy some good gear first, and stick to the basics.
A good PC recording system does not need to have all it's inputs shut down to work effectivly. That's like saying an otari 90 needs 31 of it's tracks shutdown to record one single track.
If your working on a low budget first thing you should think about IS a good Condenser mic. then look at the sound card your using. you need a good bi directional card to be quiet.
You don't have to shut down inputs on a console to quiet things down. Just your tracks on the software.
You'll be surprised how much of the software does generate noise. ie compressor plugins, effects plugins all drive through the cards amp. thus doubling the noise masking itself as hiss.
If possible Isolate the PC from the area your recording in.
Use a screen or a pop filter on the mic to minimize room abience.another added factor to hiss.
Sounds like alot, I know but if you spend a little you'll get a lot.
and again stick to basics.
Good luck My friend.

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Also make sure the speaker wire and the wire that plugs into the computer are not by any other wires because that could also cause interference.

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All that sounds good. Also you may be getting interference from something else that isnt insulated. My wireless was causing all sorts of interference with my ALTEC speakers because they speaker wires arent shielded. My cell phone also causes interference as well.

Good luck.

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Zarn is close to your solution. If this does not solve your problem than check earth point of your AC input. Your computer may not be getting earthing. Also try changing your speaker as its input cable may be faulty. Chek speakers earthing.

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The best way to get rid of the hiss and noise is to do audio capture with a usb sound card. They make them with line inputs and can be grabbed up for less than $10 most of the time. The noise you get on a computer sound card is caused by all of the internals of the computer. There are many different options out there and that is the one that usually fixes it.

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I presume you are going in through the mic socket on the audigy?
If so the most likely cause is a mismatch between the mic and the mic amplifier on the card, they are designed for cheapo condenser mikes that have a fairly high output.

Also make sure you disable any inputs that ar'nt in use to minimize noise.

If you have the Mike plugged into the line in you have it in the wrong socket.

The best way to get a good result is use an external mic amp or mixer and go in through the line in. Again make sure you disable any inputs your not using (in the computer mixer) and turn down any sliders on the external mixer that ar'nt in use to minimize noise.

If you'r still having problems get back to me with a more detailed description of your setup, whats plugged into where etc...

Best of luck

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