How to remove a spike (crackle or pop) noise in your podcast

I was listening to a podcast the other day on one of my late afternoon walks (yes, we can take walks in the middle of winter here in Central Texas), and I was amazed that the podcast had an annoying spike noise throughout the show. I contacted the podcaster and offered up some quick advice on how to easily remove the noise. I thought I’d pass it along here as well.

Here’s how to make a spike noise in your recording disappear using Adobe Audition:

  1. Use the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Adobe Audition (It looks like a small band aide on the  top menu bar)
  2. Switch to the Spectral Frequency Display mode (you get into that mode by clicking the “Show Spectral Frequency Display” button  —  the reddish-looking icon on the menu bar)
  3. Place the Spot Healing Brush Tool just over the top of the spike noise (the noise will look like a straight line on the Spectral Frequency display) and swipe down slowly over the noise (use can hold down the shift key to make the brush tool move perfectly straight)

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