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Loud cracks in audio even when not recording.

New Here ,
Dec 21, 2023 Dec 21, 2023

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I am a beginner and I am trying to record my paino and have all the set up correct and can record sound, however there are loud cracks. And they are happening even when I am not playing any notes on the piano. Could it be the cord I am recording with? Any help please! Attached photo is a recording of silence.

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Dec 21, 2023 Dec 21, 2023

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Doesn't look as though Audition is directly the problem, because it's a continuous recording. How exactly do you have the piano connected to the computer? And how is the piano powered? There are actually quite a few possibilities here, including the cord you are connecting it with.

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Dec 21, 2023 Dec 21, 2023

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From my piano in the phone/output, I have a 6mm to 3mm jack chord and a headphone/mic splitter attached to that. I power the piano through batteries(it is a cheaper piano but still a yamaha).

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What input is the cord connected to on the computer? If it's connected to a mic input you will likely overload that considerably - which is what might be happening. On most computers with mic sockets it's generally possible to switch them to a Line setting, which is considerably less sensitive (and indeed more like a headphone level). Or. it could still be a dodgy lead. Or even both. Do you have another lead you could try? (Battery powering the keyboard is good - that removes another possibility altogether.)

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I am using the headphone jack on my laptop, I will try to switch them to a line setting and see if that resolves it, all the cables are new but that still could be the problem. Thank you for your help!

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You can establish in broad terms where the issue might be by putting Audition into record, and unplugging the keyboard from the laptop. If all the noise stops being recorded, and you just get a low level of background noise being recorded, then it's likely to be a faulty cable, or a massive level mismatch, as I mentioned earlier.

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