I’ve been struggling with noise problems ever since I started recording my stringed harp. Finally I got a little money so I’m thinking about upgrading my gear, but I don’t now where to start.
The signal path I’m having now:
Harp - dynamic mic less than 20 cm away (Shure sm58 and/or JTS TK600) - xlr-xlr-cable - Steinberg CI1 soundcard (gain close to max) - usb to computer (at the moment Sony Vaio, but I’ve had the same problems with earlier laptops and stationary computers)
Somewhere down the line there’s a noise (is it called white noise?) picked up and recorded, I think it’s to loud but maybe it’s a normal noise that I have to live with. What do you think? (here’s a clip, the noise is best heard in the beginning before I start playing. (There’s a metallic ringing noise when I play too, but that’s some part of the harp vibrating, I will try and localize that and muffle it somehow later)).
Please let me know if the link doesn’t work.
The noise is all over the spectrum, so it’s hard (impossible?) to remove with EQ. Noise reductions (like Reaper’s fir) makes the harp tone sound too bad I think. Noise gate don’t use to work well with the harps long tones.
I don’t think it’s the noise in the room that’s picked up. I don’t hear any difference from when the room is very silent to when the refridgerator starts buzzing and the computer fan goes on. I also tried to move the harp and mic into the small walk-in-closet (very quiet place) but the noise recorded was still the same. I’m very carefull so the soundcables do not get close to any powercables.
I have tested with both the mics, different cables, another usb-cable, different distance with the mic from the harps soundboard - still the same noise. Ok, I don’t have very expensive gear, and I am recording in my livingroom, but if I should upgrade something, what should I start with? Or is there anything else I could try?
It would be so fun to be able to make nice recordings, I’ve been struggling with this annoying noise for years.