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Old 12-15-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Annoying hum after NS-2

Hey!

I was getting a pretty loud hum from my amp so I bought a Boss NS-2. But even with that the hum is pretty loud...I'm thinking maybe it's to do with my cheap patch cables? I'm hoping it's not because of my power supplys.

I run all my pedals off my Boss BCB-60 and my whammy with the factory 9v AC supply that came with it.

Guitar > Boss TU-3 > Digitech Whammy 4th Gen > OCD Fulltone > DD-20 > NS-2 > Rocker 30

I'm aware that the NS-2 is in a bad place at the moment but I just want to sort out the hum before I bother rewiring my board around the thing.

Cheers, Jamie.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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If your amp has an FX loop run the NS-2 in the X patern so it would go : Guitar>fx.NS-2>amp>FX loop send>NS-2>FX loop In.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:45 AM   #3
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It doesn't
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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Does it go away if you max the thresh-hold knob at any point?
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #5
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You may have a microphonic preamp tube, you have any spare 12ax7's lying around? If not I suggest you buy a few and try swapping out the preamp tubes.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
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No thresh-hold knob on the Rocker 30

I think i'll have to look into either the tubes or better patch cables. Where should I go first?
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:11 AM   #7
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I've noticed that the hum i'm left with after using the NS-2 is the same hum I get if I inset a jack into the input of the Rocker 30 without a guitar attached to it. (The other end of the jack has a silencer on it for when it's not connected to a guitar).

This must mean it's the amps fault right?
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:12 AM   #8
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I was talking about the controls on the NS-2 not your amp

I use an MXR smart gate so I'm not too familiar with what the controls on the Boss are called

It is probably a pre-amp tube. You can check them by gently tapping the preamp tubes with the eraser of a pencil. If you hear any excessive noise from one or more, thats your problem (most of the time)
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HAha oops! My bad. Yeah i've tried putting that to max. It gets rid of a lot of the high end and tbh, a majority of the hum. I just want my amp to be as close to silent :p

Awesome! i'll try that now.
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Just tapped all the tubes and didn't hear any noise whatsoever :/
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Just tapped all the tubes and didn't hear any noise whatsoever :/

Like I said it wroks sometimes, but not always. I would really suggest you get a few 12xa7's to try any ways. besides it is always good to have spares handy.

how old is the amp? have you ever change the tubes in it since you've had it ? If it has been a while, you may want to do a full re-tube of the amp
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #12
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I've had the amp for about 2 years and it's second hand. I'm not sure if they got changed before me.

How much would I be looking at for a full retube? I may take my amp in to get serviced when I get a chance.
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where do you live in the world?
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:07 PM   #14
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www.Eurotubes.com has full retube kits for $63-$102 depending on what you want.
And they are all JJ tubes which are pretty good tubes.
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Try the pedal by itself without everything else and see if the problem is still there. Process of elimination is the best bet with pedal chain noise issues..
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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Yeah I tried that Van Noord. Theres still a low hum. Even when theres nothing connected to the amp (apart from a jack).

I'll have a look at a UK version of that site Robbgnarley. Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #17
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I would suspect the power supply to be the culprit before patch cables. Have you tried with no pedals or using batteries to see if the power supply is the issue?
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I would suspect the power supply to be the culprit before patch cables. Have you tried with no pedals or using batteries to see if the power supply is the issue?

He said it was doing it before the pedals, but it is a good I dea to try the pedals with batteries.
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He said it was doing it before the pedals, but it is a good I dea to try the pedals with batteries.

Missed that.

TS- Try plugging the amp into another outlet that is on a different circuit (usually a different room). If the room you are in has dimmer switches, that can cause some weird humming. Any sort of power impurity may cause hum so before you buy new tubes, try just switching outlets.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:49 PM   #20
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If the hum is coming FROM your amp, then putting a noise gate IN FRONT of your amp isn't really going to do anything about it. If your amp doesn't have an FX loop, you're pretty much SOL.

Try plugging into a power conditioner. Other than that, there's really nothing that can be done besides modding the amp or getting a different amp.
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