Thanks for all the help Seablade..much appreciated.
The noise doesn't show up in my burn because I'm doing everything in the notebook. Composition, composing, mix, master. There is no audio being recorded on my current projects. The noise is in my monitoring system. Yes, it's a 1/8" single to stereo split, into a yamaha mg mixer, then two 1/4 inch to the BX8's. Its just the one 1/8" to the little mixer, that's it.
I think I tried just about everything you mentioned. Different cables including xlr's DI box with a ground lift. The noise is still there.
On a previous set up, I had the computer going into the Korg d1600, then out of that to the monitors. Same noise. Same with my o1v.
I know it's not good, but my only solution so far was the $2.00 radioshack adapter. I hate that my music rig, that's i've spent a whole lot of money on, can be brought down by this issue and has to be jerry-rigged with a $2.00 piece of plastic and metal.
Regarding the BX8 and BX5's
I think they are awesome. FOr the money, you get some pretty transparent and neutral powered monitors. They don't color at all and you can actually adjust them to suit your room and placement. Put it this way, I know there are multiple factors to consider but I think they are on par if not better than my bud's Mackies. The best monitors I've ever had the chance to have some time with were a set of genelics, and these M-audios, I feel, can give them a run for the money. Granted, I'm no engineer, but I like the way they sound and they get me through my own mixes. (I'm, still learning....)
Thanks about mu music. I played keys in a few bands years ago, including a wedding band. Then, I gave music a rest for more than 10 years and revitalized it about 2 years ago. Most of my reinterest was due to the advances in computer technology. I still have my old DX7, M-1, even a Juno 106 sitting somewhere. But with the PC...man I was blown away. I've aways been a synthesis kind of guy and programs like Reaktor made me jump for joy. Ther other program that use , and am still amazed by it is Korg Legacy. I know there is much discussion about the "coldness" of the digital, vst sound, but that suits me fine with what I'm into now.
One thing I don't like are loop players or loop-type sample. I still think thing need to be played andif I use a loop, I like to make it myself.
Most of you may or probably are into actually recording, which is different from vst composing unless you are also recording live instruments. Some of you may compose with programs like Reason, then either rewire of make clips, then use them in Live, which is being done a lot. The thing is, people are making some really cool sounding stuff these days. These days, the technology available to the electronic musician..................MAN! Too much good stuff!