Sound can be corrupted in dozens of ways. Field recordists constantly battle intrusive sounds, noise, buzz, static, hum, and other sonic enemies.
It’s not always possible to avoid them. Thankfully, editors have an arsenal of weapons to fix damaged sound. That’s the good news.
The problem is that there are so many options for fixing sound it’s hard to know where to start. Should those sharp ticks in a theatre crowd be fixed with a de-crackler, de-clipper, or de-clicker? Should the noise be stripped from the file first, or be left to the end?
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