For about a year, I lived with the pops, smacks, and clicks that emanated from my mouth while recording episodes for my podcast. I just assumed there was nothing I could do about it… until I realized that I could remove any noise above a certain frequency in Adobe Audition. What this means is that any sound above the frequency of my choosing will be eliminated.
Since my voice typically hovers below 8000 Hz, and those smacking, popping noises are usually present at higher ranges, I can essentially remove all data above 8KHz.
The “Spectral Frequency Display” above shows the most common areas of concentration of my voice. When I hear a smack or a pop during the post-production editing process (typically the result from saliva on the tongue or lips), I can either remove that noise by itself, or simply wipe out the entire frequency range.
Here’s how I do it (screens from the PC version of Adobe Audition ver 3. Your version may be slightly different): [Read more…]