How can I clean up noise from audio recordings? I recorded on a laptop, using a mike that came with a pair of headsets. It's one person speaking, no instruments or echoes or anything, just one human voice. This is my first recording.
It's all fine, but I need to get rid of sounds like static, or the burst sound you get when you breathe too close to the mike.
I'm using Audacity, applied noise removal to smooth out the recording in general, and then managed to get rid of a couple of pops, using "repair", the draw tool, and equalization. But it's taking AGES, and in my 7 min audio I've still got about 15 more noises to fix. I'd like to just re-record, but it doesn't help because I can't avoid all these sounds, they always creep in. I don't know if I need a better mike?
The problem with the repair tool is that I need to zoom in to the sound so much that I lose track, if there were a repair tool that repaired the entire spike sound waves, that would be great.
Am I really doing whatever there is to be done? Or are there some plugin or tips on cleaning out the recording? When I listen to it on my laptop, it's actually quite decent, but when I put in earphones, the static and other sounds show up in some words.