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Post by Spiffycat » March 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am

If click removal (under effects) doesn't help, and you don't have too many clicks, here's how to easily remove them. Not all clicks embedded in words can be removed without ruining the word, but most of them can.

1/ Tap your cursor as close as possible to the click on the wave form. It's a guessing game.
2/ Pull down the "triangle menu" right under the word "solo" on the far left side of the track. Go to spectrogram. Pretty colors!
3/ Find your cursor (can be hard to see) and see if there are prominent thin vertical lines nearby. One of them is probably your click. They often are thinner and sharper than the other lines, but can just be an oval. If you play the click, it will sound clicky.
4/ Highlight the line just as you would any other edit.
5/ Press ONLY the z key.
6/ Hit Control x to edit.
7/ Listen to the word to see if the click is gone. If not, undo your edit by hitting Control z. (You probably took out something you wanted to keep in.)
8/ Try this on nearby lines until you find the click.
9/ Return to original site by going to "waveform" in the triangle menu.
Pretty soon you'll be able to ID the clicks pretty quickly.

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Post by TriciaG » March 2nd, 2019, 10:51 am

Click Removal never works for me.

De-clicker, an effect plugin you have to install yourself, works miracles. viewtopic.php?f=23&t=52753
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Post by tovarisch » March 2nd, 2019, 11:01 am

Made me smile (emphasis and other editing mine):
Spiffycat wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am
If click removal (under effects) doesn't help, and you don't have too many clicks, here's how to easily remove them. ...

1/ Tap your cursor as close as possible to the ...
2/ Pull down the "triangle menu" right under ...
3/ Find your cursor (can be hard to see) and see if ...
4/ Highlight the line ...
5/ Press ...
6/ Hit ...
7/ ...
8/ Try ...
9/ ...
Pretty soon you'll be able to ID the clicks pretty quickly.
I wonder how many steps would justify dropping the "easily" qualification. :D

Anyway, thanks for being thorough, Cat! :thumbs:
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Post by JayKitty76 » March 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am

I'll check this out. Click Removal never works for me, either, but I'll check out both your guys' suggestions :)
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Post by mightyfelix » March 2nd, 2019, 1:25 pm

I agree with Tricia on the de-clicker. I love it!

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Post by Spiffycat » March 3rd, 2019, 3:57 pm

TriciaG wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:51 am
Click Removal never works for me.

De-clicker, an effect plugin you have to install yourself, works miracles. viewtopic.php?f=23&t=52753
Didn't work for me either, but I've sure learned to back away from the mic. A plug in would be great, thanks!

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Post by Spiffycat » March 3rd, 2019, 3:58 pm

tovarisch wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 11:01 am
Made me smile (emphasis and other editing mine):
Spiffycat wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am
If click removal (under effects) doesn't help, and you don't have too many clicks, here's how to easily remove them. ...

1/ Tap your cursor as close as possible to the ...
2/ Pull down the "triangle menu" right under ...
3/ Find your cursor (can be hard to see) and see if ...
4/ Highlight the line ...
5/ Press ...
6/ Hit ...
7/ ...
8/ Try ...
9/ ...
Pretty soon you'll be able to ID the clicks pretty quickly.
I wonder how many steps would justify dropping the "easily" qualification. :D

Anyway, thanks for being thorough, Cat! :thumbs:
Yeah, you're totally right. But if you saw how I was removing them before....oy veh! ;-)

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Post by Spiffycat » March 3rd, 2019, 4:00 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 1:25 pm
I agree with Tricia on the de-clicker. I love it!
Will do! :P

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Post by ej400 » March 3rd, 2019, 6:12 pm

I think what would be easier to do, is re-record the word or sentence if there's a click in it. I have never tried to remove the click, just because of how much easier I think it would be to just re-read the word/sentence.

It's a good suggestion though, since it is a way to remove those pesky clicks :D <smile>

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Post by Spiffycat » March 3rd, 2019, 6:38 pm

ej400 wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 6:12 pm
I think what would be easier to do, is re-record the word or sentence if there's a click in it. I have never tried to remove the click, just because of how much easier I think it would be to just re-read the word/sentence.

It's a good suggestion though, since it is a way to remove those pesky clicks :D <smile>
I agree, lots of times I just re record, and usually a whole sentence, not just a word bc it always sounds a bit different. But I'm going for the plug in, definitely. :D

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Post by Spiffycat » March 3rd, 2019, 6:42 pm

JayKitty76 wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am
I'll check this out. Click Removal never works for me, either, but I'll check out both your guys' suggestions :)
My way is great if you have, say, ten clicks in important passages, but not good for a hundred. But, it's also fun to watch the colors of the spectrogram fly by---I don't get out much... :D

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Post by Penumbra » March 3rd, 2019, 6:44 pm

My clicks are almost always about 3500 Hz so the ones that de-clicker can't handle I go after with a notch filter at 3500 (Q of 0.5), or zoom in until I can see the cycle with the click and just cut it out. But most of them are eliminated (or at least sufficiently reduced) by de-clicker. Thank you, Tricia, for pointing me to it some months ago.
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Post by lurcherlover » March 4th, 2019, 5:10 am

As tovarisch has said, it will be a big job and I think tiresome to do more than a few de-clicking edits. Surely you should find the reason and/or source for the clicks and eliminate the cause? If the clicks are electronic then you need to trace the reason. (And it will give you more time to get out more often ...)

If they are aural i.e. in the recording space, then you need to eliminate them or find a quieter space.

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Post by tovarisch » March 4th, 2019, 6:52 am

There is the third kind (in addition to electronic interference and sound in the room), and albeit rarely but I do meet them in my recordings. I think they might be due to some hitch/bug in the software. I doubt it's in Reaper, so most likely place is the driver of my USB interface. Once in a great while there would be a click/crack in the track and I just can't pinpoint the source, and it does not sound like what my mouth would produce (tongue, lips). There are two ways of dealing with them, as already has been pointed out: cutting it out or re-recording. I have done both. Luckily those weird clicks are so rare that spending a couple minutes on carefully removing one from a waveform is not a big tax on my editing time.

The bottomline: get familiar with all the stuff you'll likely encounter and learn different ways of dealing with it -- know your tools, their limitations and their capabilities. :)
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Post by JayKitty76 » March 4th, 2019, 1:49 pm

Spiffycat wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 6:42 pm
JayKitty76 wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am
I'll check this out. Click Removal never works for me, either, but I'll check out both your guys' suggestions :)
My way is great if you have, say, ten clicks in important passages, but not good for a hundred. But, it's also fun to watch the colors of the spectrogram fly by---I don't get out much... :D
ej400 wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 6:12 pm
I think what would be easier to do, is re-record the word or sentence if there's a click in it. I have never tried to remove the click, just because of how much easier I think it would be to just re-read the word/sentence.

It's a good suggestion though, since it is a way to remove those pesky clicks :D <smile>
Right. Thanks, both of you!
Spiffycat wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 6:42 pm
But, it's also fun to watch the colors of the spectrogram fly by---I don't get out much... :D
Haha, that sounds fun. I'll try it :)

Thanks,
JayKitty
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