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Hi all,

This is just driving me mad, so thought I'd ask here and see if anyone's had the same issue....

Basically my guitars (both 6-string and bass) are picking up a lot of background noise from my PC. From my usual playing position (a few feet from the pc) the noise is audible but as I move closer it becomes clear that it's either the PSU the fans or something else generating some electrical interference. I've uploaded a couple of sample files of the noise, it's interesting that there's a brief pause every second or so - maybe this gives a clue as to the exact cause of the noise?

Obviously a simple solution is to move further away from the computer - but with the layout of my room this isn't that easy, and also I'd like to know and hopefully fix the issue completely. It's _really_ frustrating as for the type of music I'm doing (very clean chilled/ambient with a lot of delay/reverb) the noise gets totally out of hand very quickly. Also I installed active EMG's in my guitar hoping this would fix the issue but it actually just made it worse as the output is higher!!!

Here's a couple of clips (first guitar, second bass) that demonstrate the noise...

Cheers in advance!
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Unwanted resonance
July 07, 2009, 10:20:29 AM

Here's a question for you ambient production gurus.. I've been recording some interesting (to me anyway) recordings with guitar, ebow, reverbs etc, all with software plugins. Although I'm pleased with some of the results, there's some annoying resonances in the mids that I just can't get rid of.

I've tried EQ, dynamic compression, drastic EQ(!) and I can improve the situation slightly, but I'm really trying to get those smooth velvety drifts I hear when listening to stuff like Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana etc.

I've got a piece here that demonstrates the issue:

I actually have a better example at home that I'll try to upload.

Any advice greatly appreciated!  :)