Clicks and pops are sharp transient noises that can occur in audio recordings due to various reasons, such as digital artifacts, hard drive issues, or microphone handling. Adobe Audition provides two dedicated effects for effectively removing clicks and pops: Click/Pop Eliminator and DeClicker.
The Click/Pop Eliminator is designed to address larger, more noticeable clicks and pops in audio recordings. It analyzes the audio signal and identifies specific click and pop occurrences. It then applies a noise gate-like mechanism to remove the clicks and pops while preserving the surrounding audio.
Key features of the Click/Pop Eliminator
- Targeted Click Removal: Effectively removes larger, more distinct clicks and pops.
- Adaptive Noise Gate: Adjusts to the amplitude of the audio to minimize artifacts and preserve audio quality.
- Visual Feedback: Provides visual feedback of identified clicks and pops for precise editing.
The DeClicker is designed to handle smaller, more subtle clicks and pops in audio recordings. It analyzes the audio signal and identifies frequency ranges where clicks and pops are most likely to occur. It then applies a subtle EQ reduction to those frequency ranges, effectively attenuating the clicks and pops without significantly affecting the overall audio quality.
Key features of the DeClicker
- Fine-Grained Click Removal: Effectively removes smaller, more subtle clicks and pops.
- Frequency Range Targeting: Targets specific frequency ranges where clicks and pops are most prevalent.
- Transparent Reduction: Minimizes artifacts and preserves audio quality, even on delicate audio sources.
Choosing the Right Effect
The choice between the Click/Pop Eliminator and DeClicker depends on the size and prominence of the clicks and pops. For larger, more noticeable clicks and pops, the Click/Pop Eliminator is preferred. For smaller, more subtle clicks and pops, the DeClicker is the better option.
Utilizing the Effects Effectively
To effectively use the Click/Pop Eliminator and DeClicker effects:
- Listen Carefully: Carefully listen to the audio file to identify the location and severity of clicks and pops.
- Choose the Right Effect: Select the appropriate effect based on the size and prominence of the clicks and pops.
- Adjust Parameters: Carefully adjust the parameters of the selected effect to achieve the desired level of click removal without introducing artifacts.
- Fine-Tune Filtering: Utilize the filtering capabilities of each effect to target specific frequency ranges for click removal.
- Compare Processed Audio: Compare the processed audio to the original to ensure that the click removal has not introduced any unwanted artifacts.
- Multiple Passes: Apply the effects in multiple passes, gradually increasing the amount of removal with each pass.
- Experiment with Different Settings: Experiment with different settings and parameter values to find the optimal approach for the specific audio file.
- Seek Professional Assistance: For complex click removal tasks or when dealing with challenging audio recordings, consider seeking assistance from professional audio engineers.