For a long time, I have been getting unwanted noises from the use of Audacity’s silencing function and from other functions/aspects of the program, and it is sometimes (or even often!) ruining my recordings. When I silence a portion of a track, I get one “click” type noise at the exact point where the silenced portion starts AND one at the exact point where the silenced portion ends. Why is this happening, and what can I do to fix or overcome it? And, to complicate things further, the intensity or volume of these “clicks” varies from one application of the silencing function/effect to the next, even when NO changes are made to the track volume (including gain). And sometimes, the silencing of a portion of recorded material on a track produces NO unwanted noise whatsoever! So, what is going on?
Also, I get a very similar noise at both the beginning and ending borders of each recorded track. This is especially problematic when I record a short track (i.e. just a snippet of guitar, etc.) when I just want to record some very short piece so that I don’t have to wait through the entire recording to reach the particular spot that I wish to record the snippet it. Why does this happen, and what can I do about it (other than recording the snippet on a track that extends throughout the entire song/aup project)?
I also get these same types of noises when I apply Amplification, normalization, or potentially other functions/effects to a portion of a track (in other words, it Only seems to happen when they are applied to a PART of a track, and not when I apply them to an entire track after clicking on the track’s select button). Again, why is this happening, and what can I do to remedy it?
One last observation of this dilemma: These “click” type noises are often drowned out by the other tracks/instruments etc when the record levels for these other tracks are not particularly low. After Steve (I believe it was) explained to me a while back that the professional sound/music engineers DELIBERATELY set the track record levels very low (in order to ensure that they avoid clipping), I began setting my record levels much lower than I had previously (and stopped having problems with clipping), but have subsequently begun to have a bigger problem with these “clicking” type noises than I had before. So, clearly, the lower record levels are not enabling me to minimize (or totally drown out) these unwanted clicking noises, as the higher record levels were previously. One dilemma involved in this whole series of issues is how can I get high enough record levels so that I can avoid, or at least greatly minimize, this clicking problem when applying the silencing effect WHILE AT THE SAME TIME keeping the record levels low enough to avoid clipping? It seems to me that that is a VERY challenging balancing act. Does anyone have any thoughts on this and/or any of the other specific questions that I have raised in this post?