getting rid of lip smacking/chewing like sound

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by SwurVe, Sep 19, 2005.

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  1. SwurVe

    SwurVe Guest


    Today I recorded a female singer and during the recording their are a few spots of noises that are like chewing like from lips hitting each other or something...hard to wet lips or somthing....will i need to just go in and silence those parts or any eq cutting i should sure you know hwat sound im talking about

    thank you
  2. Caisson

    Caisson Guest

    No eq'ing will help this. you may have to use a gate with a low threshold and slow release, but this my make your vocal sound unrealistic. You could clip the beging or the ending of the track and get rid of all noises up until the vocal begins and at the end. or just tell the vocalist to turn her head until she begans to sing
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    You may, I repeat, MAY be able to remove SOME of that offensive noise with a de-essing plug-in. What monitors didn't let you know that noise was there during the tracking, eh?
    You might try APPLE JUICE to give your vocalists to sip before the next vocal session. It is a highly regarded remedy for that problem (due to the pectin in it that treats the saliva). If not, try tea. And watch that "rising top end" on mics that pick up that obnoxiousness! And drop the monitors that don't!!!
  4. route909

    route909 Guest

    Use a wave form editor for this - Soundforge or Wavelab - and just paint it away with the pencil. It works wonders with many types of click sounds (and digital clipping).

  5. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    That's what I'd do. Just edit those irritating sounds, If you have a digital setup.
  6. A big stick during tracking...

    Thats how my driving instructor taught me to drive. Everytime I would miss a gear, go to fast, or hit someone.... he would wack me over the hand with a ruler...

  7. sharmon

    sharmon Guest

    Yeah, need to do some micro surgery... tell her to put vaseline or lip balm on her lips next time, it helps to some extent for the lip smacking, but the saliva sound (yech), haven't heard of the apple juice thing, will try it, am sure most clients will be pleased about that... :)
  8. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    I've used declicking tools to eliminate some of these noises.
  9. SwurVe

    SwurVe Guest

    Could you suggest any free declickers for Pro Tools

    also i have zoomed in on some....most are coming in during the start of some words and the end of the words....but i dont know how to use the pencil tool correct or is their another thing im suppose to do instead of the pencil...someone please help

    thank you
  10. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    All my declicking happens in Adobe Audition.
    I don't know nuthin' 'bout pro tools.
  11. p0llen_p0ny

    p0llen_p0ny Guest

    I agree with Mats. Try the waveform restorer tool in Wavelab to redraw the wave at the points where the offensive smacking occurs. This is probably the least invasive thing you could do other than rerecording the vocal.
  12. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Are you listening to the vox track in isolation or in the context of the whole mix?

    You might not want to get rid of it. Some natural lip smacks on a track may add to the whole equation.

    Give it someone else to listen to - if they pick up on it then you have a problem. If they dont....

    You know it's there now so your sub conciously litening out for it.

    As Caisson said eq will tend to accentuate this problem. If you can't get way without eq-ing the track, then a wave editor may help.

    In my experience lip balm and vasenline can compound the problem even further due to its sticky consistency. A much better product to use is Glycerine (not the Nitro type :shock: ). The stuff they use to thin royal icing.

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