Spark Mini gated hiss?
Hi all - I'm new to the Spark world, and just received my Spark Mini.
I'm noticing something that I haven't heard on other modeling amps. When I play a loud note, a kind of digital sounding hiss appears over top, and then disappears once the sound goes below a certain amplitude. It's almost like a gated hiss effect - it kicks in above a certain volume, then fades out quickly below that volume. I've turned off all effects and tried different amp models, and it still happens.
Is this normal? is it a Spark thing?
@gary_hutchings Thanks for that - I do hope it's not a hardware issue. I really want to love this thing - the size, the battery, the models - such a great combination. But it really needs to work (at least) as well as other modeling amps, and sound (at least) as good as PG software-based models.
Dan Lawrence last edited by Dan Lawrence
I’d open up a ticket right away to protect your warranty rights. Identifying an out-of-the-box issue generally increases the chance of a faster replacement. It seems like a number of the more recent Spark 40 and Mini issues could be component infant mortality, which is not uncommon with commercial parts.
Do you get the same results through headphones and Spark Speaker? Guitar vs Song/Backing Track? Different guitar or guitar Volume/Tone settings?
@dan-lawrence Definitely happens with different guitars and tone settings - will check the headphones shortly.
pg 0 last edited by pg 0
@drew-birtwistle hey, got my mini today. I’ve noticed the same issue. Hope they fix it with a update.
eMaRe music last edited by
Got a Spark MINI yesterday and noticed the same thing. It has nothing to do with high gain settings or use of the gate. Clean sounds do the same thing. Very audible hiss when a note plays, stopping after a second or so.
Heres to hoping it gets fixed in an update.
badjohnnyone last edited by
Hello, I got a Spark Mini as a gift 2 weeks ago, not really used it til yesterday but I have the same issue, through headphones or the speakers (haven’t tried usb). I opened a ticket this morning
paanjii268 last edited by
The problem is that with the noise gate engaged there is no sound, but while I'm playing I hear the buzz ... Spark MINI + iPhone as a Looper.
Penny Crowley last edited by
Hi, I have the same issue, have you solved it?
Krishnasharan Das last edited by
Same issue my friend it seems its happening to everyone i also notice some cracles and weir noises when i take the volume up like 3/4
a.o last edited by
I have the same problem with my spark mini. Did you get an answer, that worked?
raderd last edited by
I have the exact same issue. There is a hiss and/or noise regardless of guitar, with the compressor and noise gate deactivated.
There is a video of what I am hearing here.
Not sure if this is the unit or the software.
janisjodahl last edited by
This is still an issue and PG is Positively ignoring it.
Joel Alrdsn last edited by
I am also experiencing the issue. It is a big shame and even though I'm trying to modify my playing to not trigger it as much, when I get excited and play a little its present.
I have only noticed it while playing with the speaker, as that is my main intended use.
Where is the supposed online support? Please help. At least knowing what components to replace would be nice. Else, making more people aware of it so they don't buy it seems like a reasonable alternative to me. Are we really going to end up doing that?
Joel Alrdsn last edited by
I am thinking that it may be caused by an overload to the simulation circuit. Even if it's clean, if the settings are way too high in the app, instead of a type of pleasing distortion that comes out of a tube or solid state amp, this one just hisses. Like when a plugin vst is overloaded and clips.. I found that if I want more volume, changing to another amp or drive pedal and hitting the amp softer is preventing the hiss from starting even at max vol an tone from the guitar. See if that helps..
alexquse last edited by
Same here. I find this as the biggest downside of the Mini (though I love). It seems to be a by design issue of the PG algo.