I record audiobooks in my home studio, and over the last year, have been occasionally getting a terrible scratchy noise during some recordings.
I'm pretty thoroughly befuddled. And, though I'm not even slightly audio-astute (just know what I need to know to get by), I've wondered if this might be an electrical, rather than electronic, problem.
- The creepy-scratchy overlay (voice is audible "under" the noise) is not present at all in monitoring the recording, only in playback.
- The noise can happen at any point at which I started or resumed recording.
- When it has occurred, it generally doesn't happen the next time I restart during the same session.
- No changes have been made (nothing replugged, reset, etc.), other than stopping and starting.
- There's no discernible pattern to the recurrence of this anomaly.
- It doesn't seem to be associated with any external, nonrecording event.
- It started happening with my (recently jettisoned) Pro Tools system and has continued with my new Sound Forge setup --for both of which I use/d my original Mbox as an interface and a Glyph external hard drive for sound file storage. (I work on an IBM ThinkPad T42 running Windows XP.)
For some reason I'm guessing this a hardware problem. Hope someone here can help or recommend something.