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Removing vinyl record clicks and pops


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Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Removing vinyl record clicks and pops

Even well maintained vinyl records invariably have occasional clicks and pops, and you can use a feature inside Soundbooth to remove most of them. The smaller clicks and pops are easier to remove than the larger ones, and if you can't remove a large one, you can manually remove it. And I do explain how to remove individual sounds in a different movie. So let's start with this one here that just have some light clicks. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty) and since you probably can barely hear them, let me first reduce the hissing a little bit, so that we have a better sense of what those clicks are like. So, I'm going to zoom in a little bit and do the same thing we've done in a different movie, which is to reduce the hiss first, and we'll do the noise sample right there, a sound sample, get rid of that last little bit of speaking, Capture the Noise Print.
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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. What is Soundbooth CS5?
      2m 30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 18m 4s
    1. Taking a look at basic sound waves
      3m 53s
    2. Taking a look at complex sound waves
      6m 43s
    3. Understanding digital audio concepts
      7m 28s
  3. 14m 45s
    1. Understanding the workflow
      5m 35s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 44s
    3. Customizing the workspace
      5m 26s
  4. 13m 11s
    1. Opening and importing files
      3m 59s
    2. Setting up recording hardware
      2m 35s
    3. Recording vocals and instruments
      6m 37s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Playing and monitoring audio
      5m 10s
    2. Viewing audio waveforms and spectral displays
      6m 24s
    3. Selecting audio
      9m 14s
    4. Trimming and deleting audio
      3m 59s
    5. Copying, cutting, and pasting audio and inserting silence
      7m 55s
    6. Adjusting volume
      11m 21s
    7. Using specialized volume techniques
      6m 54s
    8. Creating and using loops
      4m 42s
    9. Stretching time and shifting pitch
      5m 14s
    10. Working with video files
      2m 22s
  6. 26m 50s
    1. Identifying noises: Hums, hisses, clicks, and pops
      5m 45s
    2. Removing background noise: Audio tape hiss
      7m 55s
    3. Removing vinyl record clicks and pops
      3m 57s
    4. Removing individual sounds
      9m 13s
  7. 13m 27s
    1. Previewing Soundbooth effects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying and adjusting standard effects
      4m 58s
    3. Applying and customizing advanced effects
      2m 57s
  8. 48m 25s
    1. Applying reverb and echo: Analog Delay and Convolution Reverb
      8m 46s
    2. Using delay-based effects: Chorus/Flanger and Phaser
      6m 8s
    3. Understanding sound-level effects: Compressor and Dynamics
      7m 0s
    4. Applying equalization effects: Graphic and Parametric
      11m 14s
    5. Exploring other special effects: Distortion and Vocal Enhancer
      7m 58s
    6. Setting the all-in-one effect: Mastering
      7m 19s
  9. 46m 42s
    1. Understanding multitrack concepts
      1m 16s
    2. Building a multitrack file
      7m 5s
    3. Adjusting track and clip volume and panning
      8m 54s
    4. Adding effects to individual tracks
      7m 38s
    5. Using Soundbooth sound effects in your multitrack file
      6m 38s
    6. Using three multitrack editing techniques: Duplicating, splitting, and cross-fading
      6m 15s
    7. Working with video in multitrack
      2m 49s
    8. Using professional production studio mixing techniques
      6m 7s
  10. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding how scores work
      3m 30s
    2. Previewing, downloading, and inserting scores into multitrack files
      4m 45s
    3. Adjusting score duration, intensity and parts
      8m 58s
  11. 10m 42s
    1. Dynamically linking to Premiere Pro and After Effects projects
      4m 31s
    2. Turning spoken dialogue into searchable metadata
      6m 11s
  12. 21m 42s
    1. Saving snapshots
      6m 23s
    2. Saving entire files or selected ranges
      11m 59s
    3. Saving and mixing down multitrack files
      3m 20s
  13. 10s
    1. Goodbye
      10s

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In Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack demonstrates how to record, edit, optimize, and enhance audio using the professional tools in Adobe Soundbooth CS5. This course covers basic audio edits, such as trimming, fading, and panning clips, removing unwanted noise, enhancing audio with special effects, and creating stereo blends from multiple tracks. An overview of recording hardware and a detailed explanation of core audio concepts are included as well. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Setting up recording hardware
  • Recording vocals and instruments
  • Viewing audio waveforms and spectral frequency displays
  • Copying, cutting and pasting audio
  • Stretching time and shifting pitch
  • Looping tracks
  • Identifying and removing noise
  • Enhancing audio with Soundbooth effects
  • Mixing audio in multitrack mode
  • Customizing prebuilt scores
  • Working with Soundbooth files in Premiere Pro projects
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video
Software:
Soundbooth
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Removing vinyl record clicks and pops

Even well maintained vinyl records invariably have occasional clicks and pops, and you can use a feature inside Soundbooth to remove most of them. The smaller clicks and pops are easier to remove than the larger ones, and if you can't remove a large one, you can manually remove it. And I do explain how to remove individual sounds in a different movie. So let's start with this one here that just have some light clicks. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty) and since you probably can barely hear them, let me first reduce the hissing a little bit, so that we have a better sense of what those clicks are like. So, I'm going to zoom in a little bit and do the same thing we've done in a different movie, which is to reduce the hiss first, and we'll do the noise sample right there, a sound sample, get rid of that last little bit of speaking, Capture the Noise Print.

I'm going to get the whole section here, where I select the whole portion of that clip with the vinyl noise and go Noise, and we'll Preview it and see what it sounds like. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit) So, it has a kind of wavy electronic talking-through-a-tunnel sound, but you can at least hear the clicks a little bit better. So, we're going to go ahead and apply that setting. Notice that the little bit of hiss gets a little bit lighter in color now, and now you can see those clicks a little more clearly, right here and right there. Let's listen to him, (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty.) So, you hear them going right by, one there, and one there, and one there.

So, we want to start to remove those clicks, not one at a time, but using an automated feature, so I'm going to select this whole thing here, loop it to make sure you got the one correctly selected. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty - that among these.) Let's get a little bit larger selection. There you go. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - that among these) Whole bunch of little clicks there, about 5 or 6 of them. So now we're going to go over to this little Clean Up Audio section again where we had the Noise reduction to reduce or removing the Noise. There is one other section here called Clicks & Pops and Rumble.

Rumble reduces that kind of sound that you might have on a turntable that might be a little uneven or the motor's a little noisy, but we don't have those kinds of examples. We do have Clicks & Pops example here, though. So, we're going to click on Clicks & Pops, and that opens up a little dialog box, and it just basically says, "How aggressive do you want to do this?" Well we can Preview it and so we can give it a shot and see what it sounds like. And I think you'll be amazed. Those clicks are going to go away. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.) Every one of them is gone, just by adjusting this thing with Removing More or Less and selecting the area that we want to remove those clicks.

So, I will go ahead and apply that. I still I have that little issue, and you notice those little clicks disappeared. Those little high spots have just disappeared. I'll do Ctrl+Z. There they are: 1, 2, 3. Now watch. I'll click this here again, say OK and watch right here as those guys disappear, gone. It identifies those little clicks and removes them. Let's just listen to it for a second. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and (Male Speaker: the pursuit of happiness.) Wery good. Let's go over to that one there's a little bit more aggressive, where the vinyl noise is much louder.

You're going to see that removing these clicks is a harder thing to do. We'll try to get a little audio sample here, Capture the Noise Print, make it a little bit larger so you can hear the whole shebang, Preview it, and it just isn't going to be - (Male Speaker: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.) We're going to accept that even though the audio quality is bizarre because it sounds like, again, speaking through one of those megaphones, but we'll accept that so you can hear the clicks better. Notice how it all got lighter there, but those click are still there. Let's listen to that. (Male Speaker: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted.) Those are pretty large clicks, so I'm not sure how the old Click & Pop feature is going to work on them, but we'll give it a shot. We'll Preview it.

(Male Speaker: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted.) So, as you can see, it's not going to work very well for those larger sort of chunks, if you want to call, them instead of clicks. So, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and the thing is when you have larger individual sounds that you can see. And if you go over here and look at them, you can pick them out right there. See how they stand out, but they're just wider than a little click. When you can see them like that, you can manually remove them, or at least reduce the sound on them. So, I'm going to show you how to manually remove a sound in a different movie.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training .


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Q: After making a recording using Soundbooth CS5, I’ve discovered the stereo channels are reversed- left is right and right is left. I can’t seem to figure out how to swap them in Soundbooth. How can I adjust channels?
Also, is there a more advanced audio software that might be better for working with recorded audio than Soundbooth CS5?
A: To swap channels in Soundbooth, right-click on the file in the
Files panel, choose Insert Channels Into New Multitrack File. That will
create a multitrack sessions with the two channels on separate mono
tracks. Pan them left and right to create the swapped channels and then
choose Export > Multitrack Mixdown.

A more advanced audio recording, editing and mixing product is Adobe
Audition. The current version 3 is for Windows only. Check out the Audition 3 Essential Training in the Online Training Library.
 
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