If you've read any of my posts over the last few years, you'll
probably realise that noise (other than my own bum-notes and fluffed chords) drives me
nuts. I daresay I am preaching to the converted here.
Since moving my PC down
the other end of the room, the horrible THX1138 noises are gone. Hooray. So now all I'm
getting is single coil hum from my strat. I've screened it and, in positions 2 and 4 the
hum goes away. So far, so good.
Curious thing is that I put the Kemper on
during the day today and, even in positions 1, 3 an 5 it was SILENT with the noise gates
off. Tipped the Strat all over the place (the familiar angle dance we all do!) and no
noise. Happy ears, happy chap. Started to wonder if the usual buzz was all in my
My rejoicing went downhill fast - I plugged in tonight and it was buzzing
like a bee. Much unplugging of equipment at this end made no difference.
then discovered that the dimmer switch in the kitchen OR the lights in the hallway (energy
saving lightbulbs) are the cause. On = buzz, off = bliss. The obvious solution that we
sit in the dark for the sake of my sanity did not impress the long-suffering lady of the
house even though she's fond of candles
The lights in the kitchen are a fair distance away from me and my guitar.... The
only explanation I can come up with is that they are whacking interference onto the mains
in the house. I have sockets not far from where I'm playing (where the Kemper etc are
plugged in) but with those offending lights off they cause me no issue!
would not believe how happy I am to have discovered this as it's the first stage of fixing
But before I go getting rid of dimmer switches elsewhere in the house and
replacing energy efficient bulbs that are no-where near me, can anyone help me to
understand how interference on the LIGHTING CIRCUIT is getting onto the RING MAIN? I
guess it's possible if the lighting cables are laying next to the ring under the
floorboards upstairs? Forgive me if this is a daft question but I'm wondering if a call
to a qualified electrician is in order here?
I also wonder if one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002CIMZGU/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item
would help? Granted, it'll do nowt for the 'wires in the walls picking up
interference' but at least all of my trailing leads will then not bother passing it on?