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Popping Noise or Crack in Your Daw?

Everyone deals with it at one point but sometimes you don’t realize it’s happening.

In this blog, we discuss some simple solutions to audio cutting out and generating noise in your audio.

If you’re not in the red with your volume, and there appears to be pops, cracks, or hidden noises, in your clips, samples, 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 you hear clicking?

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 audio 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. Audio is best when sampled because then you have control of the entire gambit of experimentation.

Always slice and dice your free loops to generate samples.

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 free loops will get edited or sliced in half, that’s okay!

This is a solution to remove the audio cuts that are bound to happen.

Micro Fades – Removing Pops and Cracks

  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.

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 free loops verbatim. We feel there is more creativity and power to producing your own music with samples from our loops, but use them as you please!

When do you normally hear popping?


Most commonly this pop or crack will be heard when listening to a loop for extended periods of time or will be very evident.

What’s a good way to test if it’s working?


It’s good to test everything on several speakers, send to a mate, especially if you’re not listening in a ‘treated studio.’

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