modular synthesis question

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    Nov 16, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    this is a total shot in the dark... i'm really hoping someone can help me out, but it may be slightly too nerdy.

    so recently i came across a voyager XL that i've been sequencing through ableton live..... i love it..... however, when the voyager is playing with sylenth1 in unison it causes my sylenth track to make popping sounds, and distorted audio.

    i've been trying to figure out why for ages now, and any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    cheers~

    *attachment is a photo of my current setup.*

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    Nov 16, 2012 12:33 PM GMT
    If I understood your question right and you're mixing the two sources together, you may be above one of the corner frequencies of either instrument and just need a low-pass filter.
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    Nov 16, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    The distortion (popping) could come from a simple loose connection or more often from reaching the max output of the transducer. I'm guessing it's a linear transducer?

    Assuming that the coupling of inputs is simple addition you are doubling the power. That's a 6dB increase. Look at the specs of your transducer and find out what your max output is (typically high frequency). Most transducers don't produce much past 4-6kHz even though the manufacturer says 20-20kHz range (manufacturers usually gloss over or don't include the transfer function of the transducer for this reason-- it's typically a 12dB/octave rolloff past 4kHz). Like MuonOver said, low-pass filter it or you can attenuate overall output and see if that solves the problem.
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    Nov 16, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    MuonOver saidIf I understood your question right and you're mixing the two sources together, you may be above one of the corner frequencies of either instrument and just need a low-pass filter.


    that was my first idea, i gave it a shot but it didnt make a difference.

    i also tried to EQ out the unwanted frequency. but no dice icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 16, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    im thinking it may just be a conflicting issue with my main line mixer in live.
    i also put a limiter on the master track in attempt to solve any audio ceiling issues.

    im going to attempt to reassemble in cubase to see if that gives any results.

    thank you guys so much for the help, it really means a lot!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    Tell your synths to stop using poppers.