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post Feb 4 2010, 12:26 AM
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Hey guys,

So Im recording a lot , I have a fender strat with texas specials, those babies are to noisy , what vst or how I do to eq to reduce the noise.

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post Feb 4 2010, 03:04 AM
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First, try finding the best place in your room/studio, and the best angle where your guitar makes minimum noise. After that you can try using a noise gate, or a suppressor. First try some free ones like these smile.gif


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post Feb 4 2010, 03:06 AM
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QUOTE (Aleksander Sukovic @ Feb 3 2010, 09:04 PM) *
First, try finding the best place in your room/studio, and the best angle where your guitar makes minimum noise. After that you can try using a noise gate, or a suppressor. First try some free ones like these smile.gif


Awesome , thanks a lot man!


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post Feb 4 2010, 03:48 AM
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Noise gates are good for sure!

You could also try an eq with a very narrow band to notch out mains hum which is either 50 or 60z depending on which country you are in - that is usually the biggest contributor to noise.


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Feb 4 2010, 02:48 AM) *
Noise gates are good for sure!

You could also try an eq with a very narrow band to notch out mains hum which is either 50 or 60z depending on which country you are in - that is usually the biggest contributor to noise.

I've never thought of that actually but makes sense.


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Feb 4 2010, 03:48 AM) *
Noise gates are good for sure!

You could also try an eq with a very narrow band to notch out mains hum which is either 50 or 60z depending on which country you are in - that is usually the biggest contributor to noise.



TBH I'd suggest that you find what is causing the noise and try to eliminate it at source via better grounding/shielding etc rather than try to fix it in the mix. If you can't then follow Andrew's suggestion but note the following as it can help but may not be ideal. If you do:

First you should use a linear phase eq for the narrow band attenuation - minimal phase eq tends not to be precise enough. The vast majority of eqs are MP rather than LP.

Second even with an LPEQ you will probably attenuate frequencies around the narrow band. So you should be aware that you will not just be notching out 50 Hz but a range. This is even more true for MPEQ.

Third mains hum often includes some overtones/buzzing so to notch it you often need to also notch out those overtones at 100, 150 etc (for 50 Hz) .



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post Feb 4 2010, 01:58 PM
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If the hum is a big issue, you can take extreme measures and "mod" your strat to be quiet(er). Google "shielding a strat", you will get tons of info on the subject with detailed instructions. I did this kind of "modding" to my old guitar (I'm a noob for electronics) and the results were pretty good, the hum was still there, but barely noticeable.

If you have an USA-made strat, this will probably lower it's value, so if you plan to sell it someday or you want to keep it "original" this mod is NOT a good idea. Otherwise - go for it.

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Thanks a lot for your hel guys, I really apreciate it. cool.gif


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post Feb 5 2010, 09:04 PM
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They shouldn't be that noisy, if the noise is a big problem, I suggest you spend some time in shielding the strat properly, this will pay out a lot. The singles pickup a LOT of electrical interference and 50-60 cycle hum, so you IMO it's good to solve the problem in the root.


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