A classic trick for reducing the pick sound on an acoustic guitar part is to use a De-esser, but this can also take away some of the high frequency presence of the strings and cause pumping. Using the De-click module in iZotope’s RX audio repair software, we can reduce the pick sound and soften the attack of an acoustic guitar track subtly and without affecting the top end clarity of the instrument. This can also work well on picked electric bass, ride cymbals, hi-hats, and other drums and percussion.
Here is a sample of an acoustic guitar track with a strong pick sound and then the audio after processing with the De-click module.
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