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    I have an idea.

    Do any of your neighbors have a strong CB radio or some other antenna-type thingamajiggy? We had neighbors on the other end of the block that would mess with the TV reception at odd hours each day.
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    I don't know about the neighborhood rules on the other side of the forest but nobody can stick up their own antennas or anything on this building (which sucks cos I'd like satellite TV - cheaper than cable).

    Provided it's something like a stray frequency, can I buy a shielded blanket for the PC or as seedjar said, make a DIY faraday cage to zap that frequency outta the air and keep it from wonking up my soundcard?

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    It can be a block or more away. You live near a police station?
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    I'm not sure of those shielded blankets you mentioned, but building a faraday cage isn't too expensive. I'm not sure I'd bother trying if I hadn't identified the source of the interference and knew it would help. But I guess if you build the cage and it doesn't work, you could always use it to jam any bugs in your apartment. And interfere with your neighbors' cordless phones.
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    I wonder if a computer fix it place could run some sort of diagnostic and find out what the crackle is? Is there any way to pin point it without just randomly replacing stuff? I still think it's the CPU cos when I click on stuff and a program is opening that's when it get the most crackle, still under -24db just barely audible, but when you're trying to record music you don't want any crackle even barely audible. Thing is I get the crackle all the time, on you tube, in photoshop, etc.

    My recording input levels aren't too high cos if I crank up the input the crackle gets louder. I can make an entire song of just crackle by hitting record multiple times. The only way I can get rid of the input noise is to unplug from the sound card but of course then I can't record any audio...



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    Hey hey hey! It's Phat Albert!

    I went and bought an expensive 35 mm to 35mm cord at the music shop today and most of the static is gone! Who'da thought? Actually, I was hoping but didn't actually believe it would work with such a simple $9 solution. There's still a very minute fraction of crackle showing up on the input level but it's not recording at a human audible level for the moment and no where near the -24db with the other cord. Yay!

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    My computer buzzes loads, I think its just because my computer is old and worn out.

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    Good to hear you found a solution. If you want to further eliminate the noise, try to keep your cable away from data signals (your monitor/network/USB cords.)
    I wouldn't take it to a computer shop, unless you can manage to find a shop that specializes in digital audio equipment. Your average computer retailer will keep it in their shop for a week or so without figuring out anything, and return it to you with a $300+ bill and possibly in worse condition than you dropped it off in.
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