Updated De-Clicker and new De-esser for speech

Hey … I’m excited to try this De-esser you’re all are talking about … but I can’t find it anywhere!

I have Audacity 2.3.2 and 2.4.2.

I’ve looked in all the drop downs.

I’ve been to the Installing Nyquist plug-ins page here:

And the ‘‘List of available plug-ins’’ here:

I can’t find ‘‘De-esser’’ anywhere.

What am I missing?

Thanks …

It is attached to the bottom of the first post of this thread …

Holy cow. I had to sign up just to say THANK YOU. You have saved me so much time with this. Once again THANK YOU SO MUCH.

The De-Esser doesn’t open directly from the link provided. What’s the name of the website,maybe I can downloaded from there. Thank you very much, Paul!!!

This is the website.
The download links are near the bottom of this post: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/updated-de-clicker-and-new-de-esser-for-speech/34283/1

These are “Nyquist Plug-ins”. Instructions for installing Nyquist Plug-in on macOS: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/installing_effect_generator_and_analyzer_plug_ins_on_mac_os_x.html#nyquist_install

[In Arnold Schwarzenegger voice]
Behold … the Desibilator, (attached).

This ‘desibilator’ plugin is Paul Licameli’s ‘DeEsser.NY’ just with different default-settings, different slider-ranges, & has tips added to the UI.

Previously the default frequency-range was not wide enough: it stopped at 8kHz, (now 13kHz).
Previously the “number of bands” slider went up to 1000 :open_mouth: , when <5 bands is generally sufficient, and >50 will freeze/crash Audcaity.

So this variant of Paul-L’s de-esser plugin is more likely to give first-time-users what they want, quickly, without crashing Audacity.
desibilator.ny (56 KB)

How to use the “Debu Labels (short)” or “Debug Labels (long)” feature?
Is there any label format that is assumed in that functionality?
Is there a way to generate those labels automatically?
Is there any user guide that explains details?

This forum topic is the only “manual” that exists for this effect. Most of the information is in the first post.

Thanks for the prompt reply.
Obviously, I’ve read the first post, but there is no info about those options.
That’s the reason, why I decided to post my questions.

The lack of adequate documentation is one of the main reasons why this plug-in remains “unofficial” and not on the Audacity wiki.

And yet, when it (and its descendants) work, the results are spectacularly useful. It can turn an annoying, gritty, leaking-air reading into an audiobook submission.



I tried the De-clicker.ny on 2 wavs.
The results are different for a sound of 15 seconds and 1 minutes.
The result is better if the wav sound is short (15 seconds), the wav quality is a little better if the wav is short.

What to change in the script De-clicker.ny ?
because the wav quality become poor if the wav is more than 15 seconds.

This worked great for me the first time I used it! Now I’m having problems. I am very new to audacity/audio editing.

I am getting static-y crackly noises where the clicks have been removed and I have no idea why.

I tried using the de-clicker on compressed audio, and then I tried it on an unedited clip.
I tried messing with the settings (though it worked perfectly with the default).
I tried using it on shorter segments at a time.
I tried reinstalling it.
I tried returning it to default settings.

:frowning: Any ideas? I am a dehydrated mouth noise queen and I can’t make it stop :frowning:

Is it possible that the static-y noises are no longer present in your audio, but are caused somehow by your playback system?

Can you post a short .wav file before and after demo of your issue?

I just realized that I had my “widen repair intervals” set to 0 for some reason. Changed it to 5.0 and it’s working smoothly like before facepalm

Thanks for your reply!

Thanks for posting back. :smiley:

Hi. I am a not-very-tech-saavy user, and I keep trying to download the de-clicker plug in with the link Paul posted, and I get this error message:

“This file does not have an app associated with it for performing this action. Please install an app or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Apps Settings page.”

I don’t know what to do, but I desperately need this de-clicker. I have way too much mouth noise, and it’s very time-consuming to try to edit it out. Thanks!


Are you on a Windows machine or a Mac?

Nyquist files don’t have to be “associated”. They just have to be in the right location and enabled in Audacity.

https ://manual.audacityteam.org/man/installing_effect_generator_and_analyzer_plug_ins_on_windows.html#nyquist_install

Hi! I tried downloading the declicker attachment but there doesn’t seem to be an attachment. It shows up as a blank piece of paper. I have a Mac. Help!