Clicking Sounds in otherwise clean recording - mic issue?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Poet Go Home, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Poet Go Home

    Poet Go Home Active Member

    Hey,

    Thanks to anyone reading this, and to anyone who can give me a lead on a solution. Cheers!

    Here's a link to a sample of the file: Sound Issue.mov - YouTube

    As you can hear, there are little clicks/ticks at random that I'm unable to remove. I've got a Rode NT2 (about 4 years old) in a sound proof booth, a good cable, a simple "ARTcessories" preamp running a USB into a 27" iMac and using Adobe Audition CS5.

    I don't seem to have this problem with my voice (bass/baritone male), but I have run into other little issues recently. For instance, I was getting some hiss back and "fuzz" during recordings, which I was able to solve by recording in stereo, then splitting the audio channels. In that case, all the fuzz would live in the right channel, while the left channel contained the clean voice recordings.

    Again, thanks to any and all who check this out and give me their two cents. Much appreciated!

    Ryan
     
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    The solution to fix *that* recording is a spectral editor of some sort (or crossfading the clicks out using freakishly small XF's). The solution to it not happening anymore could be a bunch of things. Could be a clocking issue (that's where I'd start, but I'd assume you locked that down by now).

    Can you reproduce the problem? Do you get clicks while recording nothing but the ambient noise?
     
  3. Poet Go Home

    Poet Go Home Active Member

    Hi Massive,

    Thanks so much for the super fast reply! Yeah, fixing that recording is a no-go, especially since I still have the voice artist locked in a cage and the recording is so long. there's quite a lot of that stuff.

    Not sure about clocking issues - I really know nothing about all that. But there's no such sound when recording ambience. It seems to occur during vocals, through some large sections of the recording are perfectly fine.

    Thanks again for taking the time to repsond!
     
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    This sounds like a Windows operating system recording setup error? Improper buffer levels/numbers. It really depends on your computer audio interface that you're using? Some have their own buffer settings. And then there is the computer buffer settings. It can become a tricky juggling act to get it right.

    The fix you might want to try for your existing recording might simply be a click pop eliminator in whatever software you are using? Or maybe some gating with a negative look ahead? In a sense, up cutting that clicking noise. I've had that same issue when building a new desktop machines with my audio interfaces. And that takes some tweaking and some juggling to get things locked down right. And it can truly be quite exasperating sometimes.

    Whoops... there was nothing really in that recording that brotheled me.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     
  5. Poet Go Home

    Poet Go Home Active Member

    Thanks Remy!

    I'll mess around a bit with the buffer size, thanks for the tip. Oddly, I increased the I/O to 64 samples and this may have helped the problem (I'll see over time), though as I understand it, one should decrease the buffer size to improve recording performance.

    Anyway, trial and error. Thanks again for your two cents!

    Best,
    Ryan
     
  6. Barfnuts

    Barfnuts Member

    I've had this happen before. Did you happen to have an Internet connection (wifi or Ethernet) running while recording?
     

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