Remove vocal plosive P&B sounds without re-recording

This answer has been answered many times, however, none of the solutions work.
I’ve used Equalization, Amplify, Noise Reduction, Normalize, all using it on small portions where the pop sounds were. You still can clearly hear it. Tthe volume lowers only a little bit everytime I use the effect(s), so I have to repeat the effect about 15 times. This is very annoying! Is there a way I can do it selecting the WHOLE voice recording, and if that’s not possible, maybe how to do it on small selected pops one by one?

forgot to mention version:
Audacity 2.1.2
Windows 7 Professional

Audacity’s spectral edit tool can be used to remove any excessive bass thud on individual P’s & B’s …

The DeEsser plugin here was designed to DeEss , but can be used to DeThud if you select a low frequency range.

DeEsser and DeClicker are designed to attack specific vocal characteristics without seriously affecting anything else. Give them a shot.

I noticed oddities in current issue microphones. They’re very bright or as I like to call it, harsh and grating. They call it professional. I have professional microphones. It’s not.

I used to put that down to microphone positioning or technique. I don’t think that any more. I think the makers are intentionally doing that forcing many people to try to fix their voice in post production filtering.

Even if you can ignore that, you can get stuck with the sister effects of popping plosives and prominent gasping and breath sounds. You may be able to run the DeEsser and get rid of multiple problems. Normalize to -3.5dB before you run the DeEsser to give it a fighting chance with good sound levels.

There is one other condition I noticed. It’s not unusual for a fresh presenter to hate their voice but it sounds perfectly natural to everyone else. I wish I had kept the link; one forum poster was individually correcting each word of his recorded dialog. Every word a gem. I think his goal was to read audiobooks (plural). He may not live that long.


Do you have popping P sounds?

That’s extraordinarily bad microphone technique and it’s really hard to get rid of it in post.


Sorry for the late reply but I was busy yesterday.
Sorry for the late reply but I was busy yesterday. De-esser did not work as it lowered the sound immensely even when normalized before, however, the spectrogram technique worked ok enough that I’m fine with it. Thanks Trebor :slight_smile: