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Why is there white noise/hissing in the .wav export of my song even though I haven't added it?

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asked May 12, 2017 in Studio One 3 by saahilsharma1 (230 points)
I started using Studio One 3 Artist just a month ago. While producing the song, I had latency issues which I solved. Later, while exporting, I had an error which stated 'Clipping has occured. Signal is over 9.0 dB' which I ignored nevertheless. The .wav export of the song had annoying white noise in its background and it sounded muffled. Next, I used a limiter on the master output and also reduced the master volume. I made sure that the performance meter never reached 100% too.

This time when I exported the song as .wav, it did not show any error and the song exported successfully. But when I played the .wav export, it had white noise in its background too and it sounded muffled. I'm 100% sure that I did not play the same file again as the export was in a different location and the name was different too. I'm so confused about what to do now. I've really worked hard on that song and I really want it to be exported successfully. Please help!

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answered May 16, 2017 by paulclarke2 (27,360 points)
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It sounds like digital distortion has occurred in your recording. This is likely due bad gain structure when mixing. Try having another go at mixing the track and ensure none of the tracks or the master are clipping. Good practise would be to keep the master fader at 0Db and make sure it isn't clipping before applying any insert FX.

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