'Sup everyone; I'm working on a track right now and am getting around to EQ'ing the lead stabs and pads before working on the break and bass, and before adding anymore textural sounds on top (I already have them lying around). The pads I did myself but the lead notes are from a sample I fetched online. I already went ahead and did a LOT of alteration to the sample to make it my own and it forms the compositional structure for a good chunk of the track. Slight issue is, last night I tried cleaning it up with some EQ'ing and each sample on its own sounds good enough, but together sort of create a bit of a "popping" noise. It isn't clipping; the waveforms are nowhere near the dB ceiling, and it wasn't due to any dumb move I did in the EQ. If I can best explain it, it's sort of like there's still a very subtle vinyl-like element in the sample, like a sort of subtle crackle. Now that I think about it, the original sample sort of had that too, but I was thinking I could scoop out. Tbf, the sample has an old-school like quality to it and definitely sounds like it was digitally taken from an analog source, probably from some years ago actually (I'm talking it probably dates back to the early '90s or '80s here), but I was under the impression there was some surefire way to clean up that sort of fuzz from old samples while not removing any of the harmonics or cutting the gain. I can still likely go ahead w/ the track as-is; got a lot of work done on it and could play off the imperfections in the sound actually. But if there's some general advice anyone can give on how to clean up fuzzy audio samples I can implement in the future, I'd be more than thankful. Big ups always!