Can Plosives Be Fixed in Mastering??

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by robchittum, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    I have a couple of tracks with one or two plosives on the lead vocal that I just could not avoid in the tracking. Is there any way to correct this in the mastering process? I know that it would be better to avoid this and not have to "correct" it after the fact, but I was just wondering what you guys can do.

  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
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    There are a couple of things you can do depending on what's going on at the time when it happens. You can try putting a frequency dependent compressor over the offending area and see if it can tame it. You could also try an automated eq ride and or volume ride. All of these can lessen the effect but will probably no eliminate it. Again it is program dependent.
  3. Mahusive

    Mahusive Guest


    At the exact moment (semi-frame) of the plosive, just edit the super low frequency with an equilizer cutting everything below 70hz out. Notice the gain management of the offending plose and reset the gain back to normal for the edit. It is flawless but you may need to make several attempts in "do, undo, redo" until you are happy with it.

    No magic box for this, hand editing and redrawing offending areas is the only way. Using a paste comparitor is also another way.

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