I installeed the LISP de esser and it detects everything I need it to, but if I press OK it takes away all of my audio EXCEPT what it detected. Is that crazy? What am I doing wrong? HELP!
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You accidentally have the “Listen” button selected. That is designed to allow you to listen to what it will remove during previews (or if you press OK, to show you everything that it is going to remove…)
That button works great for previewing your settings, to hear that is is only removing the “s” sounds and not too much of the other sounds.
(If you set it too aggressive, it can remove too much.)
The “Listen” button is a toggle. Click on it and it will change to either on or off, depending on the current state. In other words, it toggles on and off by pressing that button.
For those who are curious:
LISP is an excellent “De-esser” for vocals or spoken word recordings.
It reduces the “s” (AKA “siblence”) in words.
Highly recommended as a tool for those recording vocals and spoken word audio.
You can/should prevent most of the siblence with proper mic technique and/or pop filters. (Those don’t solve all issues, so this plug-in can make a positive difference.)
Highly recommended (free):
Thanks so much! It does make an improvement! I think though at some point I will probably have to invest in software that is more aggressive without distorting my audio. (I am also a book narrator) I also use Rx3 but I’m trying to avoid spending the $200 I would need to get Nectar 2 . Any suggestions?
If you require aggressive de-essing, then there is probably a problem with either your microphone, headphones (or whatever you are listening with), your microphone placement, microphone technique, or you need some voice training. If you’d like to post a short sample, just a few seconds in WAV format, of the raw unprocessed recording to illustrate the problem that you are trying to resolve, we may be able to make some useful suggestions. I doubt that aggressive de-essing is the best solution.
See here for how to post an audio sample: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-post-an-audio-sample/29851/1
I agree with Steve. If you need more aggressive software than this plug-in, that’s a pretty steep hill.
I can’t find a better free version, but it’s possible the one in Nectar is stronger. The other tools/plug-ins they create are first class, but short of iZotope and a couple other paid tools, I doubt there are many post-production options.
As Steve said, if you need more than this tool you should re-consider your mic placement and vocal technique too. Fixing it after is doable in some cases, but in this case, less is certainly more.
Most audiobook narrators I’ve worked with only need a touch of de-essing (or none), but I haven’t seen any that need more than this tool can handle gracefully.