Whir sound coming from Nocturne pedal

Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by Musicmanverb, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Computer hard drives are noisy. As are some compact florescent lights and LEDs

    Sent from my SM-T560NU using Tapatalk
  2. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    1. Tavo stands behind his stuff. 2. That whirring sound is somebody trying to reel in your pedal when you're not lookin'.
  3. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Whenever I’ve had a problem with a new Nocturne pedal, it turns out to be the power supply I’m using. I’ve made a lot of funny noises go away by switching power supplies.
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  4. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    2 pages? ooo geeeze louweez, send me an email and I'll help.
    Those sounds coming from overdrives, boosts, and preamps are generally 95% not the pedal and come from routers, laptops, fluorescent lighting, neon lighting, dimmer controls on room lighting, or ceiling fan dimmers, or room is next to a smart meter, switching power supplies, or power supplies NOT meant for guitar audio equip,etc. These type of pedals boost noise exponentially.
    That said, its easier to send it in to me, to check. I will always make it right.
    There exists a slight potential that the 8 legs of the vintage metal can Opamp that I use might not be seating tightly in the socket, but at best it would create a drop in output or a crackle? This pic below is one I just sent out. Its pretty much a vintage white label rat thats been modified to excel at lower gain settings and upgraded w very bouteeky parts to shine w hollows and semi hollows compared to a regular proco rat.
    ps. I usually respond within 24hrs at most since I always have my Ipad or am on my Mac. I tend not to answer phone calls because I home school during the week and have a second job on the weekends but I still always take care of stuff. PM on this site doesnt always work, as the notifications dont always show up in email. Instagrams messaging and facebook's messaging is instant and of course direct email: thenocturnebrainseltzerATgmailDOTcom

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  5. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Good god Magnum, you’ve given me a clue to a source of noise at my house! Never thought of that.
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    This is a guy who stands behind his products!

    Hadn't thought about a smart meter. It's amazing what spurious emissions (great band name!) can affect electronics.
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  7. LA Miles

    LA Miles Country Gent

    Dec 6, 2012
    how may years???? HAHA -
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  8. ramjac

    ramjac Gretschie

    Aug 14, 2011
    If this were my thread I would have totally been unable to not somehow work in “emissions” in the title.
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  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
  10. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    speaking of emissions. A great tool to have on hand from radmeters.com is the Cornet Electrosmog Meter.
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  11. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    That looks very handy. An alternate may be a Tricoder of some sort.
  12. Sabato

    Sabato Synchromatic

    Mar 22, 2019
    The Ghostbusters PKE Detector could be useful:
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  13. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I am partial to the Continuum Transfunctioner. Its mystery is exceeded only by its power.

  14. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I like the term "electrosmog". It's fitting.
    It's amazing how dirty the AC you're getting can be. At our theater, we had campus power, the grid, and emergency generators. Even with isolation transformers, lighting dimmers, building and office lighting, HVAC 3 phase motors, and tons of other things, power could be really noisy. We often used diesel generators. The new ones weren't horrible, but the WWII surplus units were a nightmare. Even old school auto ignition systems could cause issues. CBers running booster amps illegally caused us problems.

    Are there high tension AC lines anywhere near you? Near a radio or TV station transmitter? Anything with a transmitter inside it could be an issue. The neon indicator lamp in my Dad's fish tank heater was a problem. Computers and video gear can cause problems. Good luck sorting it out.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2019
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  15. JCW513

    JCW513 Gretschie

    Sep 21, 2017
    My amps make all sorts of sounds, my fuzz sets off radio stations..

    I had a Bosstone and Fuzztone in one that I swear once, picked up my neighbors phone call.
  16. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I’ve had a few fuzz pedals that have picked up Spanish radio stations. Specifically a Dunlop JHF1 Fuzzface and my Seltzerado. I think it’s just the nature of those old school circuits in today’s world of interference. They got interference way back in the 60’s too. I watched Hendrix live and he was picking up some sort of radio at one point between songs. I can’t remember if it was the Isle of White concert. It’s made me wonder about shielding inside the pedal boxes to see if that might help.

    My MXR Variac Fuzz has been very been quiet but it’s a more modern circuit board. Which btw is a great underrated fuzz. It does the dying battery low volts thing for stoner rock great, but pushing it up to 15v it gets some good gain for heavier stuff too.
  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Not unheard of. People have received radio stations due to their dental filings. CBs can bleed into wireless phones and baby monitors. On our theater's old VHF wireless mikes (long ago), we'd get taxi calls. HAM radio guys told me that every radio receiver actually can transmit signals, tho at very low levels.
  18. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    When it comes to power, everyone with electrical outlets should get one of these, for safety if not just for audio. This is a US version and I have to assume they're also made for non-US outlets. Plug in, look at lights, then take appropriate action.

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  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    That could be a lifesaver. Cheap insurance.
  20. ramjac

    ramjac Gretschie

    Aug 14, 2011
    Buy a good one, though. A cheap one from the big box store can turn you into a human Mystery Machine chasing ghosts in your walls.
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