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Username: stratcat73

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2008 - 6:42 pm:   Edit Post

My friend has a FX-1 that has 60 cycle hum until he lifts the ground. He suspects a ground loop problem. Any ideas on how to solve this? Thanks in advance for the help.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6248
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

Hi Rich; welcome to the board!

60 cycle hum may be related to the capacitors. Check the capacitor leads to make sure they aren't broken or that the solder joints are loose.
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1754
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

I'd start with the simple stuff first. If it's mounted in a rack make sure it's seperated from any other device in the rack.
(i.e. no metal of any other rack items touching another.)
I had this same problem with my Yamaha SPX 90. Upon looking I noticed the rubber feet the were once on the bottom of the SPx90 were missing and allowed it touch the unit below it. I a piece of rubber hose between it and the hum went away.

Username: freefuzz

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 9:52 am:   Edit Post

60 cycle hum has nothing to do with capacitors, since capacitors come after diodes, which give the capacitors 120hz. you have a ground loop, as olieoliver states. isolate the f1x from anything else in the rack, or cut the shielding off of one side of the sound cable (NOT POWER GROUND), or better, use a behringer (or even better, an ebtech) humdestroyer in between the f1x and the poweramp. this always works.

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