I have been using beads for a while now and I am having major issues with noise/hiss. This mostly happens when I send intermittent signals with variable shapes and volume levels into Beads and have the manual gain attenuation down (which is the only way I can use this module). I get a hiss that comes and goes with the grains. This issue is also noticeable when I run a consistent and loud (modular level) signal into Beads while continuously seeding and the density set to a low value, this is very apparent when turned to full wet. Any amount of reverb makes this hiss grow exponentially.
I have contacted Emilie and she has assured me it is not a hardware issue, and noted it might be due to the internal compressor settings. I have yet to find a workable solution with my current creative process.
My main take away from talking with Émilie was that the input signal I am running into beads is inappropriate. Too quiet to run into beads. The problem is compounded by the auto gain not working for my process, which is sending slow, dynamic pulses from Rings that have variable shapes and amplitudes, between long silences. When I turn my system on beads might wait a minute or two before it gets a signal at all, depending on the composition of the piece I’m preforming. When it does get a signal it may be loud, may be quiet and the next input which may arrive some time later will certainly be a different amplitude. This forces me to abandon the auto gain and set it manually. Thats fine, but even when I do the quiet signal seems to be getting upward compression anyway(?) and this creates a horrible hissing noise that pulls in and out with each grain, very noticeable when set to a low density. This seems to be a product of my creative process, however no module except beads has had an issue with sending it silence. I would like to remedy this….
Is anyone else using beads in this way? Variable input of different amplitudes with silence in between and the module set to low density? Has anyone found this situation to create noise that comes and goes with the grains? It has been consistent for me and any amount of reverb makes this immediately apparent.
Here is a link to the system I am running with Beads.