fixing distorted speech

I’m editing interviews for a podcast; I have no control over the recording process. They are virtually all talking, music is incidental.

The 's’es of the interviewer are distorted, as if she is too close to the mic. It’s not clipping. Is there a way to fix this, or at least tone it down? I’ve searched the help files and this forum, but found nothing. Might have something to do with not knowing what this distortion is called. (I’m a self-taught musician with a good ear, but little knowledge of the tech side of audio recordings.)

If you can explain it to me, or point me in the right direction, I’d be most appreciative.

Win 7/64
Audacity 2.0.5


Too close to the microphone usually causes whumping, thumping and pounding in the sound. A bad microphone or MicPre can cause “Essing” where each “S” sound crashes or drills holes in your ears.

So you need a de-esser.


Thanks Koz. Looks like he only made a 32 bit version, but I’ll try it. At least now I know what I’m looking for.

Audacity will only see 32-bit plug-ins.

You can also try LISP .