I hear a hissing sound or hum

Troubleshooting for:

  • Hearing a hissing noise in the Studio or on recorded track

Suggested Troubleshooting Steps

If you are recording with a laptop:

  • Check whether you have selected your laptop's built-in microphone or a connected in-line mic like one on a headset.
    • The in-line microphone will be further from any background noises produced by your laptop.
  • Try unplugging the laptop from its power supply.
    • Your connection to the power outlet might be generating 'ground noise', which can sound like a low humming.
  • Check whether your laptop is using a low power mode.
    • You may want to turn off this feature while recording
    • For example, certain MacBooks have a High Power Mode you can enable.
      Some PCs also let you change their power mode settings to dedicate more energy to processing even when not connected to a power outlet.

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