Problem with filtering out problem S's - Sandpapery Sound?

Audacity 2.0.5
Windows 7 x64 SP1

Hi Guys,

In the attached audio track, I’m having trouble isolating an issue I’m having around the letter S. The best way I can describe it is almost like a sandpapery kind of sound and the ‘S’ sound dragging on. I tried using digitialfish’s SPITFISH effect filter, but it really didn’t help.

Any tips?

(Sorry just realized noobs have to have manual approval to post by admins…my bad :unamused: )

You did not attach anything - please see here for how to attach files:

There are other de-essers, like LISP Paul Licameli’s De-Esser

Audacity 2.0.5 is very old now. The current 2.1.2 can be obtained from


Thanks for the tips Gale, I’ll give the other esses filters a try!