6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2013 10:31 AM by Ben Low
Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

Got a lot of voice-over / interview tracks with a LOT of pops.  Would anyone have a take on the fastest, easiest, way to remove (or even neutralize a bit) the pops?  This is breath pops.


I rarely have this problem, so have never had to use a plug-in? related to removing them.



All ears (popping),




MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • kcstudio Level 4 (1,665 points)

    Use eq-cut around 80Hz cq. 100Hz and the really disturbing  ones you best eliminate manually. Best results by far, with plugins for this kind of work, I get with the Sonnox Oxford Supresser. Unbeatable in my humble opinion, but I'm always open for any other suggestion.


    Have a nice day!

  • Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

    THank you kcstudio,



    Will try both methods.  I'm curious to see if either will give better results than me just judiciously dipping the track (I'm working in Final Cut till I have to send everything to Logic).


    But I will try your technique ... it might be faster than all that dipping.  And give better results.


    All the best,



  • kcstudio Level 4 (1,665 points)

    Are you into FinalCut X yet? If not, give it a try, has some nice dialog functions for your job.

  • Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

    Two films later I'm back with solving 'pops' in a dialogue track.  Am going to try your suggestions anew.  And I see your last suggestion, only now, about FCP X.


    I've poked at FCP X a couple of times ... but it soooo reminds me of iMovie and its convoluted non-intuitive operating functions ... that I've found myself just not up to the learning curve.


    Over the years I've worked out a way to edit even long films at incredible speed and efficiency using the old FCP, never having to name a particular clip, or search for one; virtually never having to use the finder.  And I could see in ten minutes it wouldn't translate to the new and improved? FCP.


    I have this vague fantasy that Apple will come to its senses and re-activate the professional FCP.  My son's employers were so disgusted they threw out a score of high-end Apple computers, switched to PC, and they are running Adobe Premier now.  My son says it only took a week to get familiar with it.  Which is a comfort.  When my trusty old FCP 7 starts to crash with the newer operating systems, that's probably where I'll head ... even though my brain doesn't normally work the way the Adobe brain works.


    Rambling on, apologies... all the best,



  • kcstudio Level 4 (1,665 points)

    <I have this vague fantasy that Apple will come to its senses and re-activate the professional FCP.>

    I wouldn't bet on it Ben, this just ain't gonna happen!

    Although I'm not a movie guy myself, I kind of understand your doubts about FCX. For me it was paradise when FCX was released, but for my colleague, who is into film editing for a living, it was ****. Not a matter of missing functionality or pro-ism, but it is, apparently, so totally different to his habitual workflow that the shear idea of the inevitable consequence he is facing will leave him with a flatulence ulcer or something to that effect, he thinks.

    Anyway, there is some very good instruction material around:


    Apple Pro Video Series: Final Cut Pro X

    by Ripple Training


    Allow me to friendly urge you to try. I'm sure that after the inevitable denying phase you'll go for it, and be it only for the sake of audio editing ease. Which in my opinion you wouldn't want to do anymore in any of the FC versions prior to FCX.

    When I need to do quick but decent edits on dialogue or speech in general, I turn to FCX and for little less quick but perfect edits of the same, Logic 9 will be my choice. Mostly with a little help of 3rd party plugins.


    Have a nice day and good luck!



  • Ben Low Level 1 (45 points)

    HI gerryt,



    You are right, of course.  I sometimes feel like one of those religious fanatics who want to murder someone for a book he's written, without actually every personally reading the book.  A classic phenomenon.


    One day I will take a crack at FCP X.  I so use sequences to sort and catalogue at great speeds (without having to name clips), and then being able to build a sequence using spaces and blocks of clips (without having to create fillers, or whatever it is that FCP X requires) ...


    But I will make an effort, at your encouragement.


    My son tells me Adobe Premier now virtually mirrors the old FCP, with improvements; and says that after a week he wouldn't go back anyhow.  So that is my mental fallback.


    I used your above suggestion to get rid of my pops.  The 'Silver EQ' did the trick, at 79 Hz.  The plug-in looks great, but expensive (when one is always looking at having to get new camera gear).


    I love Logic.  Have been a faithful since way back when, on PC, with the Germans.  Apple (and the Germans) did an amazing job on the app., made it ever more friendly and efficient.  I've often mixed films with Logic, in fact it's my preferred method when there is time.  Soundtrack Pro is very efficient too ... though it seems a bit of a waste of a learning curve when one is already at ease with Logic.


    Thank you very much for your help gerryt, all the best,