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You’ve felt it your entire life

Solution for active monitors + laptop ground loop problem

This seems to be a very common problem. Active monitors (and especially Yamaha HS series) have annoying hum/hiss/scratchy hi-freq noise coming that depends on your laptop activity: HDD, fans, CPU load. It’s like listening to your laptop inner noises amplified.

My setup is
Acer laptop + M-Audio Fast Track Pro (USB interface) + Yamaha HS50m

If i unplug laptops adapter from the electricity socket – all noises are gone.

Two solutions that worked for me (in different apartments). Both unexpectedly easy.

1. Plug your laptop AC into a different electricity socket. Once I separated the monitors from the laptop this way – problem was solved. It did not help in the new apartment though.

2. Try a different laptop AC adapter. In my case I used cheap no-name Chinese “replacement adapter” instead of the original Lite-On that came with the laptop. And what do you know, to my big surprise – noises disappeared!

So don’t be discouraged if you have ground loop problem: just try any kind of silly small fixes, it might actually work.

If it still doesn’t go away, check, for example, this:

http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=support.faq&ID=12cfebbf1c694ee8664859cfd004577c

and google for “ground loop”.

Tech fetish

I personally have no use for this piece of gear in my studio currently, but hell, such a beautiful piece of hardware! :)

Super Mario Bros. Sound Re-Design

“If sound designers had the capabilities in the early 80s that we have nowadays…”

Comparison of game audio APIs

A Little Gem 2

When I was playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time I used to just stand at the Fairy Fountain location for a while listening to this.

And perhaps you have never heard this? This awesome remix on Zelda music by Ochre features the theme as well.

A Little Gem

Sometimes true magic comes from small tunes like this…

Charlie Brooker’s Guide to Videogames

That’s an awesome “guide”! Actually, it’s even more interesting to watch for a person who knows games industry well. It will teach nothing to newbie really – to many insider’s jokes.

The program is done with such passion: just look at the details, music accompanying each scene, precisely found bits of gameplay… and Charlie just really knows what he is talking about. In fact, I think he understands games better than some IGN “experts”. ;)

Alan Wake audio team interviews

Great detailed interview with Alan Wake audio team here. And then also a nicely thorough talk with Petri Alanko, the composer.

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