Hum and general SQ issues transferring vinyl to hard drive

I am running a PSAudio NuWave Phono Converter and Vinyl Studio software to transfer some LP’s to JRiver, and I am bothered by very loud hum present on the recorded copy. This also seems to have exposed a previously unnoticed hum in playback of a regular LP as well. I am using Analysis Plus cable, ClearAudio Stradivari V2, and Origin Live Conquerer arm.

I thought the software had a feature to remove this, but I such a newb to this process. Hoping some of you experts out there can help sort this out.

Thanks to Darqueknight who has been kind enough to blaze this path and help me get this far...
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    Also observed that when I touch the table the hum is masked by a louder buzzing noise that comes and goes as I remove my hand or touch the table again...
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,870
    Maybe coming through the PC itself

    I had built a media PC several years ago, and would get harmonics though the tubes when moving the mouse

    Had to ground the chassis of the PC
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,080
    Good luck. I am so fracking glad to not have those issues now. Knock on wood.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    I have a ground on the tonearm wire but never grounded the table itself.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    edited December 2017
    bag o' clip leads (or a hank o' wires) -- start grounding stuff to other stuff. Repeat 'til hum is vanquished. :)

    Alsosee this thread if you haven't already :/ Perusal of it may (or may not!) be helpful.
    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/comment/2360319

    IF, perchance, your tt is old enough to have a non-polarized AC mains plug (or if
    any other component has a nonpolarized plug) -- try flipping the plug's orientation in the AC mains power receptacle 180 degrees. One orientation may reduce or eliminate 'ground loop' or induced hum. If the plugs are all three-prong or polarized (one blade larger than the other), of course, this cannot be done -- nor should it be necessary as the orientation of plug in socket should be correct... as long as the socket's wired correctly!).


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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    My table has only the tonearm cable going directly to the arm itself. There is no reason for it to do what it’s doing unless there is something wrong with the cable.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,538
    Could something in the path have a higher gain?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    edited December 2017
    When I get a chance, I will be looking at all of that. I am trying to understand why touching the table adds a new sound to the mix when there should be no electricity to the table at all
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,870
    It's because of your electrifying personality :D
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    edited December 2017
    My table has only the tonearm cable going directly to the arm itself. There is no reason for it to do what it’s doing unless there is something wrong with the cable.
    You, sir, are acting as an antenna -- inducing a signal into a conductor that's not at RF ground potential.

    Not to sound like a broken record ;) but I still think your fundamental problem is (probably) what's called a ground loop. Ground loops happen when multiple components' grounds are connected together but are not connected to the "global" ground. Such a ground loop can be at a slightly different absolute potential than earth ground, and a small current can thus flow. Since our environments are utterly saturated with induced AC at 60 Hz from power lines and our home wiring -- the result of the ground loop is a low hum.

    Actually, nowadays, we're awash with far "dirtier" sources of RFI -- specifically all that wireless digital crrrrap that we're surrounded by... but that's a somewhat different subject :|

    Breaking the ground loop can be accomplished a couple of ways -- one way (arguably the best) is just to connect the looped grounds to "true" ground. That's what that bag of clipleads is for!

    Sorting out grounding issues can be vexing and is largely empirical, IME/IMO. Not hard, but it requires some patience and luck.

    It's a much, much bigger deal in commercial sound reinforcement -- think of those poor goobers that have to set up a rock band's sound system every night from scratch...

    Because of the commercial implications (them poor roadies, man!), there's another way to attack ground loops -- the so-called "passive box". These are typically designed for balanced interconnects (XLR or TRS connectors), or unbalanced interconnects using "pro-style" connectors (1/4 inch phone plugs, like a TRS phone plug but only two-conductor) -- but of course they could be adapted for home use (RCA unbalanced connectors).

    Here's a typical gizmo of such ilk:
    https://www.parts-express.com/art-zdirect-professional-passive-di-box--245-874
    see also: http://artproaudio.com/passive_di/product/zdirect/

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    Now it's certainly possible your hum has another source -- but I'm bettin' on grounds.
    It's also possible that I am 100% clueless and talking out of my... well, you know...

    Here's a fun experiment you can try (just keep any volume levels low if you do!): Assuming your interconnects are (all) unbalanced -- take one of the two RCA plugs (L or R channel) and pull the plug half way out of its socket... enough to disconnect the outer shield, but leave the center pin "in". Since grounds between the two channels (e.g., in a preamp) are usually "common", this may still allow both signals to pass, but eliminating one ground path. Sometimes (sometimes) the hum may magically go away. Other times, not so much. :|


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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    I found some really bad stuff on ground loops via google -- poorly written, poorly edited, ambiguous and/or inaccuate :/

    This suffers from some of the above but may be worth perusal.
    http://www.epanorama.net/documents/groundloop/
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    I ran a ground from the turntable tonearm board to the NuWave Phono Pre, and eliminated the noise when I touched the table. I further isolated the noise to being channel specific, and it moved when I swapped the cable. Moving through the chain, the noise seems to come from the tonearm cable, and its not the first trouble I have had with this cable. It has already been replaced once.

    I was able to stabilize the noise for now, virtually eliminating it by how the cable is positioned, but certainly not a permanent fix. I will at least be able to play with the software while I get my search on for a new cable.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    edited December 2017
    Upon further review, the noise may be coming from inside the tonearm itself. As I brought the stylus over to a record the noise started again. Gentle tapping on the pivot made it go away again. Is it possible that RF energy in the room is causing this and not a ground issue?

    Maybe my Sony TV that hangs above the turntable?
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,080
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    bag o' clip leads (or a hank o' wires)

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    Bag o’ roach clips. :)

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    BlueFox wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    bag o' clip leads (or a hank o' wires)

    2va4tclxfjej.png

    Bag o’ roach clips. :)


    Multi-uses... very cost-effective.
    Hey, are you a Yankee?

    ;)

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,080
    Born below the Mason-Dixon Line in DC. :)
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Born below the Mason-Dixon Line in DC. :)

    :)

    Well, I was born in B-more -- but I've adopted to Yankee frugality.
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  • gimpodgimpod Posts: 1,747
    Upon further review, the noise may be coming from inside the tonearm itself. As I brought the stylus over to a record the noise started again. Gentle tapping on the pivot made it go away again. Is it possible that RF energy in the room is causing this and not a ground issue?

    Maybe my Sony TV that hangs above the turntable?

    Definitely a ground loop issue (touching the TT is a dead giveaway), This is what I would do:

    1. Run a ground wire from the base (Non moveable part) of the tonearm to the TT chassis. Don't forget the TT motor could be a source of RF and should be grounded also.
    2. Run a ground wire from the TT chassis to the pre-amp chassis.
    3. Run a ground wire from the pre-amp chassis to the PC chassis.

    That should take care of any ground loop issues.

    Hope this helps.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    Any chance there might be an issue with my right channel tube amp causing feedback? I have grounded the tonearm base to a ground at the phono pre, and then to the back of the PC... the noise is gone for the most part, but there is still a buzz at the right channel. I have noticed that even the act of gently closing the door on that side is enough to cause a loud buzz, which settles down after a few seconds. Tapping the right channel is enough to recreate that buzz, but no noise occurs when tapping the left amp.

    Some power tubes going micro phonic perhaps?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    edited December 2017
    -- that sounds like either microphonics or a cold solder joint (or other loose connection). You can swap tubes between channels (if the topology permits such) and see if the 'issue' follows a tube.

    also...

    Might wanna try -- with everything off and de-energized, of course ;) -- pulling the preamp tubes and cleaning the pins (I use a Q-tip shpritzed with a little DeOxit, then dry with another Q-tip or paper towel) and re-inserting 'em into their sockets. Might even want to re-tension the sockets, but I'd (FWIW) start with the pins.

    EDIT: Power output tubes are not terribly likely to be (or to become) microphonic (IME/IMO) -- I can't say it's not possible, but it's usually preamp (small signal) tubes -- particularly if there's some substantial gain involved (although it can happen with other small-signal tubes, such as phase splitters, IME, too).

    Some tube types are (were) notorious for microphonics, e.g., the 7199 used in the ol' Dynaco SCA-35 :(
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    My preamp is solid state, so no luck on that one.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    edited December 2017
    My preamp is solid state, so no luck on that one.

    mmm -- well, soiled state stuff can get microphonic, too... less common but not unknown.

    Are the only tubes in your "tube amp" the outputs? If not... any and all small signal tubes are suspects. Usually at least two per channel upstream of the power outputs (assuming a push-pull amp), the voltage amplifier (driver) and a phase splitter. That stuff could be solid state (e.g., the early McIntosh hybrid integrated MA-230, if memory serves, was all transistor upstream of the power amp), but usually not (again IME... I have no idea what your amps are like).

    Still, your 'issue' sounds like a dodgy connection someplace. Also worth checking the condition of any and all switches (toggles, pushbuttons, etc.), multipole selectors (e.g., "function" or "source" selectors, if so equipped) and pots. They may be dirty/noisy and need to be cleaned of oxidation.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    oops, I wuz wrong -- looks like the MA-230 had small signal tubes upstream of its PP 7591A outputs.

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    (borrowed photograph; I didn't look for a schematic)
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    edited December 2017
    The amps would be the tube amps I built several years ago and are the only tubes in my rig. I think I will set everything up to run off my AVR and see if that solves anything.
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  • Others have provided a lot of good troubleshooting advice.

    I would ask how close is your turntable/phono pre to your power amps? The EM field generated by power amp transformers can generate hum in phono gear.

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    edited December 2017
    They share the same shelf and sit about a foot apart. The amp in question is closest to tonearm. The way my rig is set up, moving anything is out of the question, unfortunately.

    What could be used to shield the tonearm from the amp?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,711
    They share the same shelf and sit about a foot apart. The amp in question is closest to tonearm. The way my rig is set up, moving anything is out of the question, unfortunately.

    What could be used to shield the tonearm from the amp?

    distance.

    alternatively, try turning the phono preamp 90 degrees with respect to its current orientation (if you haven't tried that already).


    ... and, not to flog a deceased equine ;) but -- your power amp(s)... let's try this again... are there any other tubes in it (or them, if they're monoblocks) besides the output tubes? If I read your signature correctly, they're some sort of Carver things(?)... if so, based on most Carver tube stuff I've seen, I would think that there are some small-signal tubes in there, too! One, or more of those could be part of your issue.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    Understood on the tubes. There are three tubes on the front end and six kt150’s. 12AX7, 12AT7, and a 6AL5 are the tubes up front.
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,654
    Build a Faraday cage for your amp... It'll be a cheap solution, and you can make it look pretty.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,044
    edited December 2017
    The amps have been eliminated, but I did find one weak power tube that will be replaced. The noise is confined exclusively to the right channel. It can be nonexistent at the beginning of the LP, but as the stylus moves across the record, it becomes more apparent. Between tracks I can hear it change in intensity, with it getting progressively worse as the arm sweeps towards the spindle.

    I tend to think if there were EMF interference between amp and tonearm/cartridge that I would hear the noise in both channels.

    I am suspecting a ground issue or a frayed wire within the tonearm itself.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 525a CD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

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