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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?

Thanks!

  • Ryan
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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
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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.

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

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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
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+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.

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

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