peterws, At first I thought the earth loop was an issue, too. I made sure everything was grounded. But, I get no noise (same settings and setup) with Mixcraft. This has been discussed ad nauseum by the Kyle Landry followers. Then again, there are more that have no issues with Audacity.
Having said all that, most - if not all - of my recording issues is how I (beginner) play. I think I discovered I really don't hit the keys hard enough. As I mentioned somewhere else, getting a good clean recording has been my white whale. Although I decided I need to first learn how to play. HAHA!
Thanks for the idea and comment.
With regards to audacity producing noise in recordings I can vouch for that, I happen to be the same UKIkarus that administrates/moderates the KyleLandry website and have seen quite a few posts regarding such issues both on there and on other sites.
I have given it a shot myself over a USB audio/midi cable from my MOX88 which should have no noise at all being digital in nature and it does indeed add a small amount to the recordings, as such I have used Cubase since.
As for recording quality you will of course (as I'm sure you are aware) want to get the clearest and dare I say it (loudest without peaking/noise) sound you can get from the source straight into the software and if anything tweak the volume etc DOWN from there unless absolutely necessary, obviously less noise at the source results in less noise when processed
Microphone shocks are common in our country; old wiring is usually to blame. Our singer got his when he touched his Gee-tar strings . . . I pulled out the plug for him!
Cannot say I have ever experienced a shock from one yet, let's hope it remains that way