Mystery solved!

There was this sound.
Sounded like a cord knock.
Couldn’t figure out what it was.
Every recording, no matter how I changed the setup, it was there.
Tried everything, including wrapping cords with old dishtowels and socks:

Many times the knock came right before a word, which was an easy edit. Most times it came in the middle of a word, and then I despaired because I haven’t been able to fix it with spectral delete or high-pass filter (or low-pass, for that matter).

In this week’s edit, there was a word I emphasized twice and the knock happened right before I said the word, both times. The word was: chocolate.

Because it happened in the same way on the same word, it revealed the source: me.

The sound was coming from my jaw.

I wear a headset with a mic and it was picking up internal noise from my temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Off to Sweetwater to get a regular mic…

@Rob as a dentist, I thought you would find this interesting.


I thought maybe it was ghost of Auntie June warning against too many sweets. :ghost: :chocolate_bar:


I’ve been mucking around with a ‘live’ or face to face recording kit. I bought the cheapest lav mic (Boya M1) and plugged it into my USB interface (focusrite Scarlett 2i2) and it was generating this awful hum or EMI.

I picked up a new adaptor (Rode VXLR+) and hum gone!

Not as impressive as the TMJ clicking but I miss talking tech y’all!


I do @JuleKucera
As my lips continue to lengthen with age, lip smack is the main problem I get!
I managed to settle my tmjs down a while back, otherwise I suspect I may have had the same issue, especially with my Pre-Mix 6.


@Rob I hear you on the parts of the head that continue to lengthen–even earlobes!

@Elisa Graf recommended Nic Redmond’s podcast. She has one on mouth noises that includes lip smacks:



Are you even hearing my earlobes @JuleKucera :joy:
Just joshing!
I’ll have a listen but the longer the lips get, the more I might need lip splints!
The only ones that really annoy me are those that appear just at the start of speech. Must be the lips glueing together mid speech.
Filling the mouth with cotton wool really helps but no-one can understand what I am saying unfortunately.


@rob you are hilarious. And the smack at the start of speech is lips gluing themselves. Lip balm to the rescue!

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Hi Jule
A good dowsing of the head in Olive Oil is helpful and pleasant too @JuleKucera !
Raced Ironman Staffordshire last weekend, so episode 101 is a run through of the trials, tribulations and nightmares of race day. My fist was in my mouth at 4.45 am, panic stricken!
I hope you are now committing to Pickleball as per your coach’s advice!!
Have a great weekend

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Hi Rob,
Was in a pickleball clinic this morning and in a game Friday morning. Move it or lose it!

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Just back from running a course for a few days.
Hope the game went well!