Recording Volume was Too High!

I have a voice recording where the recording level was set too high the entire time. It’s fine til the guy talks a bit louder then the levels are too high and it is very annoyingly scratchy. Noise Removal isn’t working because the scratchiness is only when he talks.

Can anyone tell me (in detailed beginner’s terms) how to fix this and make the recording sound normal, or at least bearable?

FYI, running Audacity version 1.3.3 (beta).

Thanks for your help!

Distortion is difficult to correct, but you may be able to make some improvement using the “ClipFix” plug-in.

You will probably need to lower the level of the track before applying clipfix, so that there is some room for the “restored” peaks that were previously cut off in the recording.