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kahall
post May 2 2007, 02:52 AM
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I can probably figure this out but since someone here has surely dealt with this I thought I would check.

In order to be able to still have a roof over my head I must use head phones a lot when practicing to backing tracks but there is a horrible buzz. No settings I have been able to find gets rid of it.
I have the RCA type plug running from the sound card on my PC to the AUX in on my little amp, then the headphones. If I unplug this cable there is just your normal low volume buzz, which does not really bother me but then I can not hear the backing track. Anyone have a clue?


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post May 2 2007, 03:44 PM
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QUOTE (kahall @ May 1 2007, 07:52 PM) *
I can probably figure this out but since someone here has surely dealt with this I thought I would check.

In order to be able to still have a roof over my head I must use head phones a lot when practicing to backing tracks but there is a horrible buzz. No settings I have been able to find gets rid of it.
I have the RCA type plug running from the sound card on my PC to the AUX in on my little amp, then the headphones. If I unplug this cable there is just your normal low volume buzz, which does not really bother me but then I can not hear the backing track. Anyone have a clue?



Computers are notorious for both generating and accepting electrical interfence.

here's a few things you can try...

1. plug directly into your LINE IN jack. You'll need an adapter to go from 1/4 inch mono to a stereo 2.5 or 3.5 mm plug depending on your sound card. You'll likely lose any amp generated distortion but this should kill the buzz. You can then plug into your PC's speakers or if need be hook the headphones directly to the speaker out jack on the soundcard...either way should work.

2. try to Isolate your amp. do NOT plug it into the same outlet or power circuit as the computer. Doing so causes a kind of loop for electrical interference to travel through. Also do not plug the amp into a multi outlet power strip as these tend to generate their own electrical "dirt" unless they are specifically designed with power conditioners or filters for high performance electronics like home theater systems. Your average bargain basement power bar as they are called is generally culprit #1 when it comes to bad power.

General rule of thumb --> Bad power = Bad sound and possibly fried gear( PC's, amps, TV's, etc.)

Just a couple suggestions I had this early in the am.

Hope they help. If I think of anything else I'll post an update.

All the best!

G.


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post May 3 2007, 12:39 PM
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If you have those big headphones that go over your head and have big pads for ears, you could buy another small headphones - earbuds to plug into the pc speakers, so you don't have the pc and the amp connected at all. And wear the earbuds under the bigger headphones. It shouldn't be uncomfortable.


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post May 4 2007, 02:37 AM
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some good ideas for me to try. Thanks


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