Noise when unplugging while tuner is on

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BassBit, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. BassBit

    BassBit Guest

    Jun 5, 2019
    Hello everyone,

    I have a gig coming up and it's my first long gig with breaks between the sets. I play an active bass and to save up battery I want to unplug the bass in between the sets, but doing so creates a noise. Not a loud one, but with a big PA it will be definitely noticeable.

    Don't get me wrong, of course I have my tuner activated while unplugging, but still there is noise. After I unplugged the bass there is no more noise, even if I touch the cable, like it should be. So is my tuner broken? And if it's not, is there a solution to this problem? Maybe a volume pedal at the end of the pedalchain turned all the way off?

    My pedal chain is: Bass --> Boss TU-3 (on while unplugging) --> Darkglass SS --> DI

    Thanks in advance,
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2019
  2. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Batteries are really cheap, or turn your amp off, or pull the amp end plug out half way.
    More on point, my TU3 doesn't do that.
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  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    You get up to 1500 or so hours out of a battery (this obviously varies, the point is batteries last a long while). The thing to do is make sure you've got backup batteries just in case. You'll save so little battery life by unplugging for 30-45 min over the course of a gig that the juice ain't worth the squeeze. Leave it plugged in, change your battery every 3-4 months as a matter of principle, and carry spares :)
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  4. BassBit

    BassBit Guest

    Jun 5, 2019
    @Paulabass There is no amp, I play directly into the board because of IEM.

    @Reedt2000 Does everybody leave their bass plugged in between the sets? But yeah, you're probably right, the juice ain't worth the squeeze.
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  5. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Fresh batteries in the day of the gig, and spares just in case.
    Also, check your wiring/power to all your set-up.
    Good luck with the gig!
  6. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Can’t speak for everyone. But I almost always do. I just make sure the cord is off the floor so nobody snags it and knocks the bass over.
  7. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I leave mine plugged in, never had a problem.
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  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Mute your tuner when you unplug. Silent tuning and unplugging is the whole point behind having a mute on your tuner.
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  9. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Unsure if this what the OP was first stating, or not... I can't use lack of coffee as an excuse, this time... :D
  10. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    "Tuner automatically mutes when the tuner is on."

    From Boss TU 3 web page. How are you powering the tuner?
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  11. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    If this is true, I would think the tuner is working as expected... have you ever tried the same scenario with a passive bass?
  12. BassBit

    BassBit Guest

    Jun 5, 2019
    To clarify: Otherwise, the tuner is working correctly, i.e. it mutes when it's on. I power it with a Palmer PWT05 power supply. Unfortunately I don't have a passive bass at hand, but I'll try it again with a passive guitar.
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  13. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Which jack are you using... Output, or Bypass?

    Not sure if it would matter or not, but manual does suggest turning instrument down, before disconnecting (with tuner muted).
  14. BassBit

    BassBit Guest

    Jun 5, 2019
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  15. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Gotcha... just when disconnecting.
  16. BassBit

    BassBit Guest

    Jun 5, 2019
    Right, just when disconnecting.

    Edit: The noise may also appear when plugging the bass IN, I'm not entirely sure but I will test it today.
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  17. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    If you're not already checking the tuner solo, isolation from the rest of your signal chain might give a clue to the problem, too.

    Bass > Tuner > Amp
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  18. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Mogami Silent Plug cables have never let me down.
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  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Is the pedal after your tuner plugged into the “OUTPUT” or the “BYPASS” output on the TU3?? That’ what it sounds like is happening.
  20. adamaarts


    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    Step one: isolate and test that Tuner. It should not make noise when muted. If it does, get rid of it and replace it. Not worth the hassle of workarounds and long discussions. Just replace and move on.

    Step two: Have backup batteries, if it’s a large/important gig then replace the day of. Always test them first because I’ve had bad batteries as well. You should be fine to leave the bass plugged in for hours and not have issue.

    I play weekends at church. Well do soundcheck, service run through (entire set) and then 2 services Saturday night, then same process again with 3 services Sunday morning. I’ll leave my bass plugged in from about 2-8 PM, unplug for the night, and then again from 6AM-1PM without unplugging between services. I’ve done multiple weekends without changing batteries. Usually Christmas and Easter are good events to change them, and usually if I change strings or major maintenance then I change them. You really can go 6 months or more on regular use. Luckily, the bass won’t just completely die, but will slowly start to sound more and more distorted and lower volume, so it’s not a set killer if you notice it during a song.
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