From a client standpoint it may seem like a great idea that saves time but the trade off is quality. If you have the pedigree you might have access to forensic audio programs that can clean a needle point of audio source program out of a haystack of transients that include trucks and planes. Yes, the technology is available today and is even used to solve crimes. Big paychecks can be earned there and well worth looking into as a career. You won’t get past the front door without some serious credentials so leave the “Fruity Loops” application out of any prospective employment conversations. Could save time.
So you have a mix that is acceptable but a few tracks have some undesired transients between parts you want to keep. The forensic programs that are currently available have features that can comb a wav file into perfection if needed. What about the home studio pro? There are comb filters and other filters that are affordable and can be downloaded from the author/producer directly. There are also a lot of sources cited on Google search that can be helpful when learning new technology terms and techniques. The world at your fingertips, as it were. One can always search for FREE VST’s on their favorite search engine as well.
Solo the track or tracks you wish to work on. We won’t be changing any effects chains, input or output (technically) nor will we change the overall mix of the project. We only want to go in with a scalpel and adjust the smallest sections on the audio timeline. In some cases this can be narrowed down to a single sine wave cycle. The reason I said technically earlier is because we will clip off unwanted transients or fill sections with zeros for a null or no volume noise floor. If this is a guitar or vocal part we can take out the little mistakes, fix timing issues and tune vocal tracks to the rest of the accompaniment. If everything sounded good after the mix session it will be cleaner and tighter after this post production pass. Apply to all tracks that require edits and get to the next trench.
Now select no mute/solo on all of the tracks and take a few moments to listen to the parts that you have just edited with the settings saved from the mix session. Better? Sharper? Now add any special effects, sound effects, movie explosions or space ships and when you finish it up, ship the project over to the mastering session!
Pro Tip: When we edited the transients and removed all noise below your chosen level the reverberation was still on from the mixing session. This can soften the choppy sound you can attain on seriously damaged audio source that requires a lot of close transient edits. It can also add ambient air to dead air. The reason we don’t change any mixing session section is because dead air sounds unnatural. Make sure parts that are cut abruptly return to zero to avoid wav clipping, pops and clicks.