Noise caused by PC's in single coil guitar pickups - are the current crop of motherboards any better?

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Re: Noise caused by PC's in single coil guitar pickups - are the current crop of motherboards any better?

Post by Wonks »

And make sure that the tape or paint is connected to ground. I've seen so many guitar kit builds and guitar upgrade pictures where they've fitted tape or paint but it's not grounded because 'it looks better' or 'this was the way I saw it on a video'.

You'll never get a Strat-style single coil pickup to be anywhere near as quiet in an electrically hostile environment as a covered humbucker pickup, (such as right next to an amp or a computer) but shielding can keep it quiet in more general conditions.
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Re: Noise caused by PC's in single coil guitar pickups - are the current crop of motherboards any better?

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Arpangel wrote: Thu Aug 18, 2022 9:26 pm Wonks, we tried lining the cavity with all sorts of tape, yours included, it didn’t make much difference...

Lining isn't enough, that metallic lining has to be grounded, and grounded to the right place. Get it wrong and it becomes another part of the aerial to capture interference rather than screen it out.

Most people think of guitar wiring in simplistic terms of DC and baseband audio signals. The reality is that the whole thing is really a radio aerial with lots of resonant circuits set up amongst the wiring which often has internal ground loops too!
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Re: Noise caused by PC's in single coil guitar pickups - are the current crop of motherboards any better?

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I have found (from a totally non technical view) that angling the guitar away from all the noisy stuff can make a big difference, maybe 45 degrees.
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[ACCOUNT DELETED] wrote: Fri Aug 19, 2022 1:19 pm I have found (from a totally non technical view) that angling the guitar away from all the noisy stuff can make a big difference, maybe 45 degrees.

Massive difference, that’s what we did sometimes.
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Re: Noise caused by PC's in single coil guitar pickups - are the current crop of motherboards any better?

Post by rggillespie »

I find if I turn away 180 degrees its much better but then I can't see my screen or reach the mouse! Is there any software that can fish out the hum and crackle like izotope rx perhaps. You'd record with the single coil noise and then filter it out afterwards?
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Re: Noise caused by PC's in single coil guitar pickups - are the current crop of motherboards any better?

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You can get rid if a lot of the noise that way but it’s always better to not have to do it in the first place.

A wireless keyboard doesn’t cost much at all, which should allow you to have it to hand. And you should be able to set things up so you don’t need to refer to the screen at all when recording. Glance at the screen to make sure you’re in the right place then turn, press the appropriate key and start recording.

Just remember that there were no screens to look at when Stairway or Bohemian Rhapsody were recorded, and they somehow turned out OK!
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