Quick De-esser question

Hi folks. Just wondering:

  1. Is there a preferred De-esser you use for Acx and why?

    (Okay I lied : 2 questions :smiley: )

  2. What’s your process - manual removal or setting a general removal level, bit of both? ( On the whole piece or part by part)

New to this De-esser business.


That’s the DeEsser and DeClicker by Paul L.


We’re finding that if the Essing is too deep, DeEsser might turn it into other damage rather than just get rid of it.

I need to find a posting.


Your other message thread has the settings that Trebor used on your sample and a discussion of how to proceed.


I’m not the wizard editor. We should wait for one of the other elves.

The object of having a quiet, echo-free room (your “studio”) is so you can make clean recordings and not have to struggle and waste time with suppressing noises in your recording. Similarly, you should use a “clean” microphone that doesn’t cause sound damage and extra post-production cleanup and work.

You my have noticed that I don’t have a favorite microphone or recommendation. Given all the problems people have with "home’ microphones, I think you should be recording on a stand-alone sound recorder and not use the computer at all.

That’s a Zoom H1n and an older Zoom H4.

Other posters have had good results with H2n, H4n and even H6 recorders.


I think this was my ACX Audition using the H1n on a roll of paper towels in a quiet room. I should trace it back through the archives when it gets to be daylight again.

Oh, wait. I remember. The paper towel roll wasn’t high enough. I used three rolls of toilet tissue. Given conditions in the world right now, the tissue may be more valuable than the recorder.


I only know of two de-essers specifically for Audacity … De-Ess Plug-In For Audacity - #4 by Trebor

There are many de-esser plugins which will run in Audacity on Windows & Mac,
(I don’t know how plugins work on Linux).

Thanks folks