ERA 5 De-Esser

ERA De-Esser

De-Esser Plugin: Control sibilance in seconds

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Sibilance is an unavoidable problem in the recording process. Harsh esses can drastically reduce listenability in voiceovers and dialogue. De-essing is a way to fix these problems, but is difficult and time-consuming if done manually.
The accusonus De-Esser is the quickest solution on tarket, available as part of the ERA Bundle Standard and Pro. Traditional de-ess tools require you to target a sibilance frequency range yourself, but ERA De-Esser does this for you.

Stop Asking: How can I remove audio sibilance?

Because now you can remove sibilance with just the turn of a dial!

See De-Esser detecting S sounds in your waveform, then turn the knob and get audio free of sibilant sounds in seconds.

ERA De-Esser can be used in any audio environment. It’s easy to control, and has an intuitive interface paired with a powerful processing algorithm. It’s an indispensable tool for veterans and beginners alike. From de essing vocals to removing a hissing sound in ear, De-Esser has your back!

Reduce sibilance in your audio! De-Ess in just a few clicks:

Let’s face it, no-one wants to spend hours tuning a plugin. This is why the ERA De-Esser is the perfect tool for every creator!

  • Video Creators: Remove the harshness from voice overs and dialogue with ease. Even if you’re not an audio expert, the ERA De-Esser will get you professional results in no time.
  • Podcasters: Put De-Esser on each speaker’s vocal chain after some compression and equalisation, then de-ess your entire podcast in seconds. No need to fiddle with frequency targeting to de-ess voices.
  • Musicians: The accusonus De-Esser isn’t just for spoken voices. It will deal with harsh esses in sung vocal performances too. Just put it on the end of your vocal chain and you’re done!
  • Post-Production Engineers: How much is your time worth? Use the fastest de-esser plugin in the market, hit apply in the effect and it just works.
  • Get studio-quality sound, whether you recorded in a studio or your kitchen

    The accusonus De-Esser is part of the ERA Bundle – a complete audio cleanup solution for video creators, podcasters, musicians, post production engineers or anyone working with audio. ERA comes with a mix of powerful yet simple to use single dial plugins as well as some more detailed, pro options which give the user more in-depth control if desired.

    You can get the ERA De-Esser as part of both the ERA Bundle Standard and the ERA Bundle Pro. The ERA Bundle Standard comes with some essential, easy-to-use but powerful single dial tools including: Noise Remover, Reverb Remover, De-Breath, Voice Leveler, Plosive Remover, De-Clipper, De-Esser, Voice AutoEQ, Voice Deepener, Audio Clean-Up Assistant and Mouth De-Clicker.

    The ERA Bundle Pro includes all of the tools included in the standard ERA Bundle as well as a selection of advanced audio cleanup tools for professionals. With the ERA Bundle Pro you’ll also get Noise Remover Pro, Room Tone Match, Reverb Remover Pro and De-Esser Pro, enabling you to clean up audio recordings with surgical precision.

    How to install the ERA De-Esser plugin

    ERA De-Esser can be bought and installed as part of the ERA Standard and ERA Pro plugin bundles. For comprehensive instructions on installation, check our Help Center guides on macOS and Windows installation.

    Can I use it as a De Esser VST plugin?

    As with all of our ERA Plugins, De-Esser is indeed a VST plugin! That means you can use it across all major editing software, as well as in tools like OBS.

    Can I use it as a De Esser AAX plugin or Audio Unit?

    ERA De-Esser runs as a VST, Audio Unit or AAX plugin within a piece of host software: an editor, DAW, or NLE such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Audition, Audacity, Apple Logic, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live and many others.

    How to use the ERA De-Esser plugin

    De-essing vocals and voice recordings with the accusonus De-Esser is simple. It has a single dial that controls the level of de-essing applied and most of the time that’s the only parameter you’ll need to worry about. However, there are a few more controls that allow you to tweak your processing. See how to use a De Esser:

    Processing Dial

    At the center of the ERA De-Esser workflow is the processing dial. This dial controls the level of de-essing being applied to your audio – simple!


    The Output fader is a gain control which allows you to boost or cut the level of ERA De-Esser’s output.

    Off/On Switch

    The Off/On switch bypasses the vocal De-Esser quickly and easily.


    Diff (or Difference) is a very useful button. When activated it lets you listen to what De-Esser is removing from your audio – great for referencing.


    Mode sets the band type used when applying de-essing to your signal, choose from Normal or Broad to de-ess a smaller or larger band on the frequency spectrum.

    The ERA De-Esser pairs well with our Plosive Remover – get rid of harsh sibilance and pesky plosives almost instantly.

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    Compatible with:
    Adobe Premiere Pro Apple Final Cut Pro BlackMagic Design - DaVinci Resolve Cockos Reaper Audacity Adobe Audition Pro Avid Pro Tools Apple Logic Pro Avid Media Composer Apple GarageBand
    ...and many more
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    Fast plugins for high quality audio repair and optimization.
    • ✓ Noise Remover
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    • ✓ Mouth De-Clicker
    • ✓ De-Breath
    • ✓ Voice AutoEQ
    • ✓ Voice Leveler
    • ✓ Voice Deepener
    • ✓ Audio CleanUp Assistant
    • ✓ De-Esser
    • ✓ Plosive Remover
    • ✓ De-Clipper
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    Plugins for fast audio repair & spectral restoration.
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    • ✓ Noise Remover Pro
    • ✓ Reverb Remover Pro
    • ✓ DeEsser Pro
    • ✓ RoomTone Match
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Deesser? What is De Essing?

    A ‘Deesser’ (also called a De-Esser, De-Ess Tool, or Vocal Deesser) is a way to fix audio that’s affected by ‘S’ sounds and sibilance. Often in the form of a plugin or editing tool, it’s a quick way to take out unwanted and uncomfortable sounds, reducing the need for manual repair. Read more info on sibilance repair.

    What does a De-Esser do?

    A De-Esser plugin works within an audio or video editor. It scans and highlights prevalent S frequency sounds and sibilance within your audio track, allowing you to quickly remove them. De-Esser tools speed up the editing process considerably, as manual De-Essing can be labor intensive and time consuming. This is especially the case when the audio has other issues, like Noise and Echo.

    Can I use the De-Esser Plugin for Audacity?

    The ERA De-Esser plugin works with all major audio and video editors. You can use the plugin as a Premiere Pro Deesser, De Esser for Audacity, and so on. De-Esser is an easy method for solving the question of how to de-ess vocals. We have comprehensive instructions for each supported editing software over in our Help Centre! Check out some Audacity-specific De-Esser information.

    Where do you put De-Esser?

    De-Esser is essentially an ERA de-esser VST plugin, so you can put it into action on any major audio or video editor. It’s often a case of simply opening the plugin onto your timeline, voice recording or audio clip. There is a comprehensive manual for De-Esser, too.

    Is a De-Esser necessary?

    Naturally, audio repair techniques and methods depend on the recording in question. We recommend you try De-Esser on any sound that has prevalent ‘S’ sounds, sibilance or esses. These sounds often make a track uncomfortable to listen to, so using a quick plugin like De-Esser makes perfect sense. If these sounds do not impact the listening experience, however, then De-Essing may be unnecessary, and create unnatural sounding effects if used when unneeded. There may also be other problems with your track alongside Ess Sounds, so make sure those are being fixed, too. Always try adjusting the dial to get the perfect De-Essed sound!

    What is sibilance in audio?

    Audio Sibilance is a feature of speech when air is directed towards the teeth via the tongue. It happens all the time, but can sound unnatural and uncomfortable when listening to a recording. When people hear sibilance, audio becomes less appealing. Words like ‘sip’ begin with sonic qualities that emphasize sibilance, especially due to variation in speaking patterns and recording setups. You can read more about the definition of sibilance. It’s worth noting that other, less-common scenarios can create sibilance effects. A hissing sound from car traffic near a busy intersection, for example, can be also solved by ERA DeEsser. So can sibilance found while equalizing audio.

    How to reduce sibilance when recording? How do you get rid of sibilance in vocals?

    Many audio issues are caused during the recording process, and sibilance is no different. If you take care while recording, there’s less of a chance you’ll have to use a repair tool like De-Esser to fix a track. That being said, ‘S’ sounds and sibilance can always show up, even in the most professional of setups. Here is some more information on how to get rid of sibilance during recording, sibilance frequency, and more! It answers questions like ‘how do you fix harsh vocals?’, ‘how do I stop hissing S?’ and ‘why is the S sound so loud?’

    Is a De-Esser a compressor?

    Certain DeEsser plugin tools can cause noticeable compression, but the ERA De-Esser VST ensures your audio retains quality! It seeks out ‘S’ sounds and sibilance definition, allowing you to control them with the turn of a dial - this compresses high frequencies, resulting in cozy, clean audio. There’s no need to manually pinpoint what frequency is sibilance and which is not; just turn the knob.