Ebtec Hum X (and other Hum eliminator Tips)
By: Skip from Citrus Springs, Florida, Sharecomm@tampabay.rr.com
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Since Ground Loop Hums seem to always be a problem, - one piece of equipment normally does not handle them all. You need to isolate in your configuration what piece of gear/cable is creating the "hum." The first place I would start (and install/place another hum unit) would be at the Amplifier using a “Dual-Channel” type Hum unit (Nady HE1 or Ebtec ). Connect the individual “Output” cable's from your Pedal Board/Mixer and Guitar to the “Input” side of the (Nady HE1 or Ebtech Hum Eliminator) unit; Connect the “Output” of the (Nady HE1 or Ebtec ) to the Amp’s “Input”channels. Note: Make sure you use superior quality grade TS patch/jumper cables for connecting here (Hosa or DiMarzio are great.)
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Simplicity!! Plug-n-Plug: Plug the Ebtec Hum X into your UPS/Regulated Power supply and (in this case where the Laptop's Power Transformer Cable is the culprit) plus the Laptop's external AC cable into the Ebtec Hum X.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Plug-n-Plug??? Pretty easy!!!
How is the tone?
Also, don't forget to check your Mixer XLR/Jack connectors for any added "hums" that maybe present. If this is the case, another solution is using the Ebtech HE-2R. This unit will handle 2 channels each of both your TS & XLR cable runs. Yes, this can be a little added expense however; sometimes these extra expenses are necessary in order to fix the problems. Pricey? Not really considering what you'll receive in the end - better quality sound and isn't that what its all about??? As we all know: "if ya' wanna' dance, ya' gotta' pay the band." Good luck!