Repairing clipped audio?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by tysussman, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. tysussman

    tysussman Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Hello friends,

    There is a small (less than one second) of clipped audio in a take I recorded with my band. I've been messing with the file in logic (experimenting with the multipressor, and sample editor, and EQ) and cannot seem to get anywhere.

    Here is a 10 second clip that contains the damaged audio. Does anyone have advice for me? It was recorded on a zoom mini recorder and all I have is one track of the stereo wav file in logic.

    The instrumentation is saxophone, a guy playing 2 didgeridoos at once, and drum kit.

    I am grateful for any feedback and help.


  2. jkchuma

    jkchuma Active Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    You can try the declipper in Izotope RX2 or some other audio restoration software. You can download the demo if need be, or upload the offending section to and PM me with the link. The studio has RX2 and I can take a quick look at it before my next appointment.
  3. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Okanagan, Canada
    +1 jkchuma
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I had no problem getting rid of it. Overall, a fairly crappy recording, but that's only me. I noticed a number of other spots that were, not so kosher. So I fixed a few extra.

    I've been using Adobe Audition since it was Cool Edit 96. You don't use the clipper. You'd think the anti-clipper would be the thing to use but no. I know this doesn't make any sense because we're not going after clicks or pops. But then, you'll use the manual click pop eliminator, to illuminate distortions & other disturbances that you can repair any other way. You highlight your problem section. Now you can't highlight too much otherwise this won't work properly and it won't give you the option to " fill single click now". You have two selections for level detection. Try both. Then, you DON'T click okay. That's DON'T. What you will attempt to do is when you highlight you will then try to "Fill single click now" option. Selecting okay won't do anything for you. When you have it do its thing, your distortion thingy won't be there anymore.

    If you want me to e-mail you this file, I fooled around with it just for amusement.
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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