I just rebuilt my studio and am running C11 on Windows 10. Audio interface is a Steinberg UR22C, so it shouldn’t be creating a driver compatibility issue, though it is new. I was on an m-audio Fast Track Pro before.
My problem is that I’m getting an ungodly amount of hiss on projects. I understand that tracks will have a small amount of noise (which is a separate issue because the “small amount” I’m getting now is more than it used to be on the old system despite using the same mics, same cables, same instruments, etc.), but this is much more than that.
A potential culprit in the hiss department seems to be IK Multimedia’s T-Racks, though I can’t tell if that’s because it’s a trigger of some kind or if it’s just making it more prominent by turning the volume up. What I can say is that, as projects build, they become more hiss laden, to the point where it is intolerable. The hiss is there on mixdowns and once it shows up, there seems to be no way to get rid of it. It even hisses away when nothing is playing, so it’s doesn’t appear to be a track issue. FWIW, the hiss is not necessarily gradual in development. Sometimes it isn’t there, I tool around, and then suddenly there’s a hiss. That said, it’s onset has never been so overt that I recognized it the moment it happened.
One last bit of detail, I was updating an older song when I noticed this hiss starting to appear on mixes. I tried to find the source and there wasn’t one… the project itself was hissing. I then went into a prior version of the song (once I get to a certain point, I save all changes under a unique name) and there was no hiss. I go back into the new project - loads of hiss. It ended up wasting a ton of time redoing what I had already done, but starting over on the older project allowed me to finish it. The kicker is that I did nothing on the corrupted projected that I didn’t also do to the eventual final. Both the corrupted project and the eventual final started out by opening the same earlier project, so whatever it was that triggered the hiss was also done without triggering hiss. No recordings were done in either case, just mixing.
Does anyone have experience with a similar problem? I’m out of my depth here and I really hope there’s an easy solution that is beyond my expertise, because so far it has occurred at some point in every song since the rebuild.
Thanks in advance for your help.