I want to "clean up" the powersupply to a raspberry pi that I am using for audio recordings.

I am getting a lot of low frequency buzz, i.e. 60 to 2000 hz. I am wondering if I can use an 1:1 audio transformer to reduce the interference from the PSU to the pi, alternately to isolate the usb-soundcard power that I suspect may also be culprit. The pi PSU is 5.1v 3A THis is the transformer: Max voltage: 100V

  • Isolation coil+coil: 100Mohm min
  • Dämpning Dampening: 2.5dB max (1kHz)
  • Primary impedans (1kHz): 600ohm ±5%
  • Secondary impedans (1kHz): 600ohm ±5%
  • Primary DC-resistans: 50ohm ±5%
  • Secondary DC-resistans: 60ohm ±5%
  • Primär induktans (1kHz): 310mH
  • Sekundär induktans (1kHz): 330mH
  • relationship: 1:1

(please excuse my poor translation of technical terms)


From what I have gathered in many posts poor power supplies(PSUs) can give interference in auxiliery equipment plugged into the Pi, e.g via USB or GPIO. As for audio the answer to this post gives an example of a homemade PSU that provides "clean" power to the RPI to improve sound recording. However, this is takes a little too much space for the project I working on (networked wildlife cameras). Theoretically using powerbanks should be better than regular PSUs but powerbanks have their own step-up or step-down circuits that I find give as much intereference.

What I am looking for is a simpler, "good enough" solution to filter power to either the Pi or the USB soundcard so that I can remove some of the noise in region I want, i.e. 50 to 3000 Hz. How can I create a filter from 50 to 3000Hz?

Is the culprit likely to be the PSU or the pi itself?

Should said filter be placed between PSU and pi, or between soundcard and pi?

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    \$\begingroup\$ No, you cannot use a transformer for DC and that's probably not the source. More likely you have a grounding problem or a problematic connection to other systems. Edit a diagram of the whole system into the question. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 10, 2020 at 18:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi! No, a transformer can't be used for DC. But: Where do you get that buzz? Why would "cleaning up the supply" to your computer (your RPi is just that, a computer. A digital, high-speed switching thing that emits a lot of noise on its own) help? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 10, 2020 at 18:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, there is a an awful lot of posts out there about using clean power for RPI to get better recordings (and removing issues with data communcation). \$\endgroup\$ Aug 13, 2020 at 13:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ please see edit \$\endgroup\$ Aug 13, 2020 at 13:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MarcusMüller I sense XY problem. \$\endgroup\$
    – winny
    Aug 16, 2020 at 6:17

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Probably the black_brick power supply is your problem. Those supplies have a large capacitor (several nanoFarads) from primary to secondary, so as to pass the FCC interference tests. But lots of fast-edge trash also gets coupled from secondary to primary, and like all charges,

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To block those charges, you need a common_mode filter, and possible differential_PI L+C filters (here "differential" means FerriteBeads in both


and in


Those black bricks are cheap, and you get the noise_supression you have (not) paid for. So you get to add noise suppression.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I am using official raspberry pi power supplies I guess they are in the medium range of psu's out there. Do you have any recommendation to a powersupply that would work better? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 13, 2020 at 13:43

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