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I'm a new podcaster with no vocal editing experience. I edit every episode to remove breaths, "uuuhhh"s, repeated words, stutters, etc. (Using select-and-cut on the waveform.)

This often leads to a popping sound because the wave form drastically changes position. How do I remove the bad signal and cleanly join the two ends?

We're at episode 6 and it is starting to bug me...

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Use volume automation rather than cuts. That way you can pull the annoying noises to the background without creating audible gaps.

If you cut, then the remaining ends ought to be faded to "0" by using fade-ins/fade-outs, otherwise they'll pop.

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Crossfade it. That's the only way to prevent snaps. Occams Razor ;)

  • I'm not sure how to do this. Could you elaborate? I've got firstpart+UhhWeasleWords+secondpart - How do I use crossfading (mixing two samples) to get the firstpart+secondpart end result? I'm looking at facweb.northseattle.edu/nabdullah/GoldWave/… – F. Randall Farmer Oct 28 '13 at 1:31
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    Based upon what I read there, crossfading in that program sounds like its very convoluted and not at all intuitive for editing voice. I really am not sure how to explain what they document. if you're open to the suggestion of trying something more along the lines of Logic Pro, Neundo, ProTools, Reaper, I believe you'll find it to be a more worthwhile tool and more suited to what you're trying to do. In those programs crossfading is easy to do and a real no brainer. You crank through your voice recordings in no time at all! – Stavrosound Oct 28 '13 at 7:45
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Zoom way in on the waveform and cut at the "zero crossing," where the waveform crosses from the positive part of the wave to the negative through the horizontal line that runs through the middle of the display. Not to be too zen about it, but you want the waveform to pass through the edit point as if nothing happened. Then, as stavrosound said, add a very short crossfade to smooth out the edit.

  • That works nicely, even for a novice like me! – F. Randall Farmer Oct 28 '13 at 1:29
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You may also want to consider a "Noise Gate" plugin. They are sometimes included in compressors. What are you recording in? They will actually automate the drop when silence occurs.

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