I have a Behringer UCA202 (no-external power) USB Interface (DAC):

Bus 006 Device 003: ID 08bb:2902 Texas Instruments Japan PCM2902 Audio Codec

and an Intel audio controller which is built into the laptop.

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)

When I plug the both of them into the mixer, I get loopback. It sounds like a high pitched oscillating noise. I'm wonder if anyone has any idea of what this nose could be from and how I further trouble shoot it. A simple configuration with the mixer to Behringer and audio-out on laptop to Mixer in can cause this feed back.

Is this nose perhaps because the line-out on the laptop and behringer In have two different fake grounds?

Any ideas are appreciated.r

  • Can't you describe that "high pitched oscillating noise" a bit more precisely? If it's really a feedback issue I'd expect it to be very loud (drive one of the inputs into clipping). If it's not particularly loud, it's probably rather something like this and has indeed to do with grounding. Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 20:19

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This is nothing to do with ground issues, but more to do with the fact that your config is set up to allow output on one or both devices to be fed to an input.

Check your audio properties. You should be able to assign devices to input or output, or mute when recording.

  • I agree, ground loops occur at 60 Hz. Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 14:59
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    Or 50 in the UK:-) But definitely not high pitched - this is more of a feedback issue.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 15:19
  • Both devices are fed to two different inputs on the mixer, and this is required. I want to play two sources at the same time to the mixer. Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 15:50
  • Having them sent to two inputs is fine, but it sounds like something is also being set as an output, hence the feedback
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 16:20

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