I am a beginner and playing acoustic for last 2 and 1/2 year. After this i grew interest in Electric, so i bought a Squier Strat and as per suggestion of my music teacher a Zoom G1Xon. When i connect the processor directly to the home theater/ P.A. system, it sounds awesome, but when i connect it to my PC for recording the tracks (Using Adobe Audition 2015 or Nuendo 6.5) it catches a plenty of noise. I initially replaced the cables and the batteries also tried various tones but all in vain. As a result the tracks recorded by me have a plenty of noise. Is there any problem with the processor? or everyone has the same issue? Please suggest. Regards, Kunal

  • Are you using the USB or Jack to connect to computer? Aug 14 '16 at 5:05
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    Is the PC a laptop or desktop? Have you tried using a ground loop isolator between the G1Xon and the PC?
    – topo morto
    Aug 14 '16 at 8:29
  • I had another multi effects processor and it was noisy as hell when connected directly to my laptop. You need something between them to prepare signal.
    – teodozjan
    Aug 14 '16 at 12:12
  • Dear David, I connect the processor to my laptop using 1/4-1/8" cables..
    – Kunal Pal
    Aug 15 '16 at 4:16
  • Dear Topo, I use a Dell Inspiron 5520 laptop. I have not tried Ground Loop Islolater, even i don't know whats it? I will google it now.. If you know, please elaborate. Regards
    – Kunal Pal
    Aug 15 '16 at 4:18

I realise this is a year too late but I thought I would answer for future viewers with the same problem.

This is exactly as 'teodozjan' says in the comments above, the noise is being generated from the on-board sound card in the laptop. What you need is an audio interface such as the Focusrite Scarlett, M-Audio M-Track, etc. These devices have much better analog to digital conversion than on-board sound cards hence far better signal to noise ratio.

Even a really cheap audio interface such as the Behringer UM2 U-Phoria Audiophile (£45 on Amazon at time of writing) will be considerably better than being plugged straight into the laptop.

Some multi-fx pedals can now be used as an audio interface themselves, check out the Zoom G3. You can plug this pedal into your laptop/PC via USB and all the analog to digital conversion is then done by the pedal.

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