I Need to Fix a Segment of Poorly Recorded Audio

I;m using Audacity 2.0.5. Many parts of some audio I recorded have segments of sound that are really warped and at completely different levels.

I have a link to the screenshot here, and I have the audio clip of it attached.

I’d like to know if there’s a way to make this better, or if it’s just too badly recorded to bother.

I apologize for not being specific enough, but I don’t know exactly what I need to do.

I can get rid of a lot of the distortion through clever tricks, but the portion right at the end is hopeless because there’s no show there to rescue (attached).


That actually sounds decent. How would I go about replicating it?

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Somehow you managed to have your show ping-pong between left and right several times. Since the show sound never really dropped out, I reduced the show to mono and those effects vanished.

Tracks > Stereo Track to Mono.

Then, since most of the trash is rumble and truck-driving-by sounds, I filtered them out with Effect > High Pass Filter: 150Hz, 24dB.

Many field pro sound mixers have a button so you can apply that filter during the recording, so I’m not making that up. The default cutoff is 100Hz, but I have a mixer with 80Hz and 160Hz selectable with a switch. Try different numbers. You’re juggling suppressing the thumping pops versus the low, velvety quality of your voice. As the number goes up, your voice tightens up.