How do you catch those sneaky 'extraneous' saliva sounds?

So I’ve been getting better at catching the saliva clicks, but when it comes those pesky wet ones hidden out of the spectogram and sound waves, what tricks do you use to find and fix them? It actually makes me feel nauseous going over segment after segment within the word to find them. Kinda reminds me of one of those toys as a kid that you flip up and down to make that funny awful sound. Any help would be really appreciated.

If you can hear them they will be visible on the spectrogram,
but you may have to change the spectrogram settings to see them,
see … Spectrogram Settings - Audacity Manual
e.g. increase frequency-range to include all audible frequencies (>16kHz)
and or decrease the spectrogram “window size” to see brief clicks.

Are there any tricks people have discovered to help eliminate them in the first place? I’ve been considering learning to pronounce my 'sh’s and 't’s differently so there’s not as much of a spike. I’ve heard something about apple juice. It also helps to use something like gum to fill in the spaces between your teeth.

A physical pop-filter or a foam wind-shield are worth a try,
but a de-clicker plug-in is the only sure-fire cure I know of.

I’ve got both a foam and a pop filter. I’ll try that filter. Thanks.

Are there any tricks people have discovered to help eliminate them in the first place?

Are you using stiff noise reduction? Sometimes that can sound like it’s boosting crisp sounds and making lip tick sounds worse.

Many home microphones have a crisp boost because that sounds more “professional.” It’s actually visible on some sound tests—a little haystack bump.

That’s not normal on better quality microphones, and among other things, that can give you boosted spit sounds.

Another thing you might try is not speaking directly into the microphone. Instead, push it around to the side a little and see if that helps.

If you do this one, make sure your overall volume didn’t change. Lower voice volume can cause other problems.


For me, izotope RX 5 has been a huge time saver. I manually edited out all the clicks for a 10 hour audiobook then I discovered this program. It can be set to fix all the mouth clicks automatically, leaving the rest of the sound basically exactly as it was.


I find having a dog helps. You can practice voice training while out walking. I use the following to phrases repeatedly:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper

Simple Simon shops in spacious supermarkets

After a bit of practice you’ll notice your vocalisation improving and a reduction in mouth noises comes with it.

ATB, Neil

Outdoors the wind will dry your lips and reduce the lip-smacking on P’s,
but the the wet-mouth noises will be back after you are indoors and have had a beverage.