Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Eliminating clicks and pops, part of Audio Mixing Master Class.
- [Instructor] Sometimes there's a pop or click, or some kind of distortion in the track that's so loud that you just can't let it go by. Here's a way that you can make it a lot less obvious. First of all let's listen to this bass track. It was done with an active precision bass, and there are some notes that he hits so hard, that they distort a little bit. So have a listen. (bass playing) So there's a couple right there. The one in particular that we'd like to get rid of is this: (bass note) So what we'd want to do is zoom in, and we can see there's actually two parts here that don't look right.
It's this one up to here, so what we're going to do is zoom in very, very tight, and we can do this two ways. First of all, we can go in here, and what we're going to do is say, I just want this part to decrease in level. So I'll decrease it like this. Now have a listen. (bass playing) Okay, that's a little better, not quite what we wanted yet. So, let's bring it down a lot.
Bring it down like, to there. (bass playing) So that's a little better, let's listen with the other bass track. (bass playing) So you don't hear it now, as compared to before. Now before, if we're to listen to it where it was, for instance, (bass playing) you can hear it, that's it's really clicking a lot. (bass playing) And in fact, we may even have it on the bottom one as well. (bass playing) Little bit there, too.
Let's go back to where we were here, and this is what we ended up with. (bass playing) So, in fact, what ends up happening is, this becomes a little more acceptable in the track. Let's listen to this one over here. (bass playing) We find that this is right in here, and that's what we're going to get rid of, and the way we do that, is, we go into our clip gain, we bring it down, we bring it down a lot, actually, because this is just the leading edge of the note, it's the transient, so we can decrease it a lot, and we won't miss it too much.
Have a listen. (bass playing) See that one sounds pretty natural there, you don't hear a click, and that's because what we did is we didn't eliminate it completely, what we did is we just got rid of the transient that was clipped. Now, there's another way that we can do this, if you don't have clip gain on your digital workstation, let me just go back to where we were, there's another way we can do it. And that's by using the automation. Here's what we do. You'd find the exact same spot, you'd zoom in here, where we were.
Going to zoom down very tight. So that should be pretty good, or right here, let's get some more room. And what we'll do is, we'll go through here, and we'll just say, let's bring this down. Well, we can bring it down quite a bit, 10 db or so, let's have a listen. (bass playing) See it sounded a whole lot better. (bass playing) And that's because we just eliminated that one clip, that one overload, and once again, we can do it a couple of different ways.
You can do it either by using clip gain, if you have that. In other words it just controls the level of the clip, or the other way is to use the automation, which basically does the same thing. And that's how you eliminate clicks and pops if you have them as well.
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