I'm about to mix a few events where the podium mic was recorded somehow with clipping happening. It's pretty horrendous. But, I'm stuck with it and being asked to fix it.

I've got X-Crackle, but what else do you guys use to handle clipping and distortion?

BF Essentials Clip Removal doesn't work most of the time.

Curious to what you guys use?


  • Ryan

I've seen a tutorial for Izotope Rx that I remember being pretty amazing. Don't have the link handy…

  • Ah - You're quick to the draw. 15 seconds with an answer. Thanks a bunch! I've got the demo, haven't tried the clip removal part of it, yet. – Utopia Sep 30 '10 at 0:25
  • Yeah, I remember being really amazed by the tutorial. I don't own it yet, but it really should be in everyone's arsenal. – Jay Jennings Sep 30 '10 at 0:33
  • Well. RX2 was just announced! – Hector Lee Sep 30 '10 at 0:39
  • @Hector oh that's exciting. – Andrew Spitz Sep 30 '10 at 7:48

I had the worst archival footage, it was all clipped to the point where the waveform was literally flat! Izotope RX's Declipper worked wonders to help smoothen things out. I also used it on an actor's scream, which was badly distorted, and it helped a lot.


+1 for iZotope RX. It's an excellent tool! That and Spectral Analyzer are worth the money alone for the plugin.


I've used both of those in the past, and they're pretty good. The Sonnox version is a good one as well.

You might want to try an expander too, to smooth out those squared off peaks/troughs.

  • Thanks Shaun! How would you set the expander? – Utopia Sep 30 '10 at 0:27
  • Honestly, not really sure...never tried it myself. Gonna have to do that one of these days. Some of those drag race recordings I did recently might be good test subjects. Damn those things are loud! lol – Shaun Farley Sep 30 '10 at 0:59

+1 On the RX... used it on a Forensic recovery from an answering machine tape- did an amazing job on digging a voice out of massive distortion. Another trick I've used is to feed the signal to a tape emulator plug-in. You can use it to "round off" the hard clip to a softer less nasty sound.


Another vote for RX! Just got RX 2 myself and it's amazing.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.