Removing vinyl record noise or any other noise from an audio


I am using Audacity 2.0.6 with Windows 8. I obtained the Audacity program as an .exe file. I am totally blind and use a screenreader, JAWS for Windows.

I would like to remove noise from vinyl record and other files that have noise. Is there a way to do that successfully with JAWS? If so, could you please outline the steps?

Please let me know. Thank you very much.

Rob Bendtzen

Buy the CD or the MP3 (if it’s available). :smiley:

Sorry, I don’t have a clue about using a computer without visual feedback… Well, I’ve used DOS and command line programs, but with Windows… I’m in no position to suggest anything…

Try Effect → Click Removal. You’ll have to experiment with the settings.

There is also a Repair effect, but I think you have to find the defect in the waveform visually.

There are specialized programs for cleaning-up vinyl. Click Repair and Wave Corrector are popular, affordable, and automated (so you shouldn’t need to see the waveform).

This page has several software recommendations and TONS of other information about digitizing vinyl.

I use a program called Wave Repair, BUT it works best in the manual mode and it’s VERY time consuming… It usually takes me a full weekend to clean-up a vinyl transfer. And, you really have to “find” the defects visually (in the waveform or spectrum-view) because when play a just a few milliseconds of audio, it all sounds pretty-much like a “click” and you can’t tell if you’ve located the defect or not.

I used a piece of software called ClickRepair to clean up my vinyl transfers, it costs a little but I found the results a little shy of magical - see this sticky thread:

Once I’d experimented with and tweaked the settings (I softened them a little) I ran the rest of the processing in automatic mode.

One of the key advantages for VI users is that ClickRepair can be set to play

  1. the incoming un-processed signal,
  2. the output processed signal
  3. the “noise” that is being removed
    Or you can run it silently which is much faster - the above three all run in real time.


Hi Rob,

Much of Audacity is screen reader friendly - including effect dialogues -

One of our Forum contributors (Robert J.H.) is visually impaired but otherwise the Forum is really not the place to get specialist help for the blind.

I would suggest you sign up the Audacity4Blind mailing list: I know custom JAWS scripts are available there that might help with some tasks.