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Pickup noise and power supplies - DI box?
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Author Pickup noise and power supplies - DI box?
Rosaria
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prscrptn
Single coil pickups are noisy, a humbucker would help. You can try mounting your pickup in an enclosure with copper foil to create a faraday cage, which would reduce EMI. Not having a hi-z input on your interface means you are not impedance matching which adds a significant amount of noise. I would suggest checking out the Eventide - MixingLink which will give you line output with variable gain and several other options.
Rosaria
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prscrptn
Lifting ground will help but the majority of noise is probably from the unshielded pickup.
Rosaria
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forestcaver
Maybe too obvious but have you connected pickup ground to the string/bridge? If you havent, that can be a significant cause of noise.... (when you say "piece of string" I presume you mean an *electric* guitar string ie ferrous if you are using a magnetic single coil pickup....). As I say, apologies if this is too obvious and basic....
Rosaria
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Frendy
Must be single coils. Not much you can do maybe you could add some shielding around the pickups
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forestcaver
Another simple point is to check string to pickup distance - the furher away the pickup is, the lower the signal and signal to noise ratio (too close and the magnets will dampen the string). With electric guitars that I own and have built, I line he pickup cavities with copper foil.
Rosaria
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futureman
Im not an engineer by any means, but are you not also getting noise from a motor running near the pickup? I would have imagined you'd get all kinds of noise from stray flux, not to mention noise from inductive kickback when youre starting and stopping or changing the speed.
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