Hello everyone. My name is Mark, and Google sent me to this topic when looking for a hardware declicker/depopper.
While I am a metalhead from the 80's and had a pretty decent stereo system, using such a declicker with my turntable is not the purpose of my interest. I hope all of you will find my need interesting, and perhaps some of you can give me some feedback on the potential use of the hardware declickers you discussed here. If so, I thank you in advance.
I am the guitarist for the band OVERLORDE. While we all were originally from New Jersey in the 80's, the band members are now spread out along the east coast of the USA. A few years back, we discovered a product called jamlink. Depending on the conditions, it allows up to four band members to rehearse live over the internet. This link describes how we are using it further (though we have had some lineup changes since then). https://www.musicianlink.com/long-distance-rehearsal-writing
. At the time of that article, our situation worked great. But due to some changes, we now have a different mix of internet providers and locations. We are now borderline with latency. It can be fine, but making adjustments to accommodate bandwidth issue variables such as packet loss now results in us having unplayable latency issues.
Our bassist, John, is in South Carolina and has the lowest quality internet service in the band. It is cable, but not superfast nor is it super clean. He has Time Warner Roadrunner, now Spectrum, which is the worst cable provider in general. As such, he has packet loss which results in the same sort of pops and crackle as a vinyl record might have. While we can eliminate or reduce this popping by changing a setting on the jamlink, this setting results in adding enough latency to throw us off. And John has no other internet provider option that would remedy this such as FIOS (Fiber).
The popping can be really bad at times, especially between songs when we are talking. So we need to do something.
When we rehearse over jamlink, I record the session in Cubase just so we can capture any new song ideas we come up with. In the past, I have been able to use Sonnox VST plugins in Wavelab to effectively remove the pops with minimal affect on the sound when preparing mixes of song ideas after the fact.
But using a software plugin in real time would likely not work. Hence, I started looking for a hardware declicker. Preferably one that is not too expensive since each of us other than John would need to buy one. With our current situation, that would mean three of us.
The jamlink output is 1/4", but I could of course use adapters.The signal is mono but with a stereo output, and I usually pan the drums and bass hard left and right with vocals in the middle. So only the side with the bass would need to go through the hardware.
I did download the article by Julian Hirsch (my thanks to LesE for posting it) and that seems quite helpful. So what do you you all think? Do these units you have discussed here hold any possibility and if so, which one would be the best?
Thank you again.