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Popping Noise or Crack in Your Daw?

If you’re not in the red with your volume, and there appears to be pops, cracks, or hidden noises, in your clips, samples and loops, something is wrong. Make sure you’re utilizing a volume fade of some sort at the beginning and end of every audio clip in your DAW.

Editing is a crucial step in music production, and it’s in the third stage in the music production process.

This particular workflow is what all the pro’s do, and this is a must for you and your future music career.

Do your Free Beats sound different after editing?

Because when you are quickly slicing between audio clips, in older versions of most DAW they do not take into account that subtle need for bringing the volume down.

The key is to avoid breaking that WAV – which generates this opportunity to fix that click. Also when you offer free beats to the community of producers around the globe, you make sure to add that subtle fade on every loop and sample.

Pop, pop, pop, what the hell is that.

Have no fear – This is a very typical trait when recording instruments or VSTs to audio samples. Follow the steps below to fix this across any DAW.

Also, from a music product perspective, this particular request was such a highly asked request, most DAWs implemented this over the past five years, and it’s automated natively into every slice, clip, or loop.

At the beginning or end of your loops and samples have a distinct pop or crack?

If you’re unsure how to micro fade the beginning and end of each audio clip in your DAW, pay close attention You will only need to see this once. Loops and samples are best when sampled because then you have control of the entire gambit of experimentation. Always slice and dice your loops to generate samples.

Here at Musicblip, we thought it would be very beneficial for new bed room producers to understand how to sample from a high-quality recording.

A visual representation of the application Ableton Live, showing in the application you can zoom in on Audio clips, and curve the volume down, to avoid extra noise, pops and clicks in loops and samples.

You can zoom in as much as you want. Just be sure to bring the volume down if you’ve clipped recording.


Four Steps to Clean Loops and Samples.

This works for every DAW, so kick back and relax. Free beats crowd, be sure to pay attention here! The tutorial below is a best practice around the music production community when doing clips of audio, especially in digital format.

I feel like I’ve been using Ableton for 10+ years now, so please let you with your music production, and help by explaining a bit more about this topic.

Back before DAWs could do most of this for you, it was easy to clip up some flat WAV files and then make a cool sounding beat. And when I think back on those days, I never really understood how to clean up my audio properly. It wasn’t until much later in my music career that I discovered that was a mandatory thing.Now that that sexy curvy fade has not always been there. For those of you pirating an older version, this is a great thing to know.

So just know, in most of these software’s, that that sexy curvy fade has not always been there. Nothing was automated for you when you split a clip, and professional producers around the globe were doing that. For those of you pirating an older version, this is a great thing to know.

This explanation is more for those of you pirating an older version; this is a great thing to know. Or anyone in other countries where getting expensive computer graphic cards, hard drives, ram, or even a mouse is very challenging.

Bedroom producers pay close attention. Your loops and samples need this for old software, without this you’re allowing your audio to sound bad – which if you lower the bad sound – you have more head room for the good.

Micro Fades – Removing Pops and Cracks from your Loops and Samples.

  1. Zoom into the beginning or end of the problem child aka loop.
  2. Lower the volume or fade (native in Ableton, shown in the blog image.)
  3. Watch the Audio decibels fall to zero. Micro fades remove the audio initially CUT during production.
  4. All Musicblip loops and samples + free beats – are cleaned, drag and drop ready.

It’s a good thing to find yourself reading this tutorial. You’ve advanced your abilities to the point that you’re making mistakes, and mistakes are truly the best place to learn your DAW.

Being left with raw audio files, you’re bound to sample it and that’s the core reason we built Musicblip, we were hoping people would look at this as unlimited sampling opportunities, rather than using loops verbatim. Producing and clipping audio clips with your DAW is the key to unlocking our collection.

Most commonly this pop or crack will be heard when listening to a loop for extended periods of time or will be very evident. It’s good to test everything on several speakers, send to a mate, especially if you’re not listening in a ‘treated studio.’

An alternative to this extra work is generating what I like to call “micro fades” explained above. Hope this helps!

Be sure to check out our blog for more helpful explanations.