Noise with DAW, guitar, focusrite

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jabbeworck, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Jabbeworck macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2016
    I recently bought a Macbook Pro 13 "with TouchBar and when connecting my audio interface with my guitar (gibson explorer and loar) (focusrite 2i2) I have noises in GarageBand and Logic Pro X. When I disconnect the Macbook Pro from the power and use only the battery noises decrease a lot (although there is still very little noise).
    I am from Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  2. wbrad01 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2017
    What type of noise are you getting? Distortion, cracks, pops, static or hum?

    Do you have a way to measure voltage level, could be power fluctuation maybe? Also, do you have a mic or other instrument you could plug in and test with to rule out a problem with the guitar pickups picking something up?
  3. jerryk, Sep 15, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017

    jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Do it come with an additional power cable for the power adapter with a ground? If so, try it with that.

    If this is a dumb question sorry. I have never seen a EU Macbook power adapter.
  4. pat park macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    try it in a different location. Take the MBP and everything gp into a different room, garage, etc.

    Sometimes guitar pickups can pick up noises and other weird things when placed near certain appliances, electrical outlets.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Not grounded? Common problem with a 2-pronged wall connector.

    Here in the USA electronic devices are sometimes plagued by a "60 cycle hum".
    I realize you don't use 60hz in Europe, it's 50hz, right? Could it be "50 cycle hum"?

    Could some of the noise be coming from the electronics in the guitars?
  6. Jabbeworck thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2016
    Guys, i have been looking for a solution but i couldn't find it. I think the problem is something in relation with my guitar pickups (gibson explorer with humbuckers from a les paul standard and a loar with p90 from the house). I gonna try a different guitar and i will you know. Many thanks for all your answers.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Not surprising. If I'm sitting in front of my setup with an electric there's noise that is relative to its position.

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