Several inSync readers sent in additional suggestions for controlling the noise floor in your studio:
Thomas B. suggests that a balanced power system can significantly reduce the noise floor or your equipment. (This assumes that the noise is coming from the power source)
Marc C. offers the following comment: Some noise in electronics is due to the power supply. A few tips:
- If you are using a battery supply, make sure that they are sufficiently charged to adequately supply your electronics (e.g. NiCads stay at roughly the same voltage until they are almost dead, but they cannot always supply enough current in heavy load situations).
- If you use AC/DC wall plugs, check out different ones to see if one type is better for your electronic box. If you want to get crazy, have an electronics technician put your supply under load and check out things like AC noise on a scope… however since all electronics are designed differently, some effects boxes may be more tolerant of this noise, so it might not matter.
- Ground loops: They don’t have to be buzzing like a chain saw to be degrading the performance of your devices. If you are concerned about noise make sure you put your system together properly to avoid such problems.
Thanks for the input guys!