Condenser Mic - Constant white noise (hiss), can't get rid of it

Sound Design Asked by Bumpcity on December 5, 2020

I’ve been reading through the posts and learning a lot. Thank you all for sharing and helping!

I’m new to recording and I just set up my recording system to do voice overs and audio books.
Here is the setup I’m working with:

  • Microphone: MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

  • Channel Strip: DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor

  • USB Interface: Focusrite 2i2

  • Software: Adobe Audition CC

  • PC: i7-2670QM 2.20GHz, 8gb Ram, Win10Pro X64

My problem is I’m getting a constant (white noise) hissing in my headphones and comes through on my recordings.
You can hear this hiss as soon as you turn up the gain instantly at the very lowest gain levels.

I’ve unplugged the laptop to run only on battery, but the hissing persists. (I read this tip on another post) I have also taken the channel strip out of the equation, connected the mic directly to the interface and the hiss is still there.

I also uninstalled the interface drivers, and re-installed. I was seeing online somewhere that the 2i2 had horrible drivers for win10.

Here’s a sample I recorded of the hiss, you’ll also notice that it changes pitches at times.

Any suggestions?
Thank you for your time

One Answer

"I have the Mic connected right to the DBX 286S then connected from the output on the DBX to the interface through a 1/4 inch cable."

That's your problem. 5 years later, lol.

Anyway, 1/4" TRS into the dbx output and XLR into the Focusrite input - this will fix the issue, guaranteed.

Answered by Been There on December 5, 2020

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