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Stuart Norfleet
Removing Sibilance With Audition CC
on Mar 3, 2015 at 1:00:42 pm


Good morning! I am struggling to reduce sibilance in my recordings. I have adjusted the mic placement so that I am 5-6 inches away and parallel to the mic and I continue to produce hard consonants, especially s's and t's. Any suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated!

Many thanks,
Stu Norfleet

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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Removing Sibilance With Audition CC
on Mar 3, 2015 at 3:21:54 pm

The real trick to reducing sibilance is to make sure it never makes it to the recording, by doing some diction training to help reduce the effect:

The next trick is to make sure you have a pop filter in front of your mic, which will help reduce the plosives (p's and t's), but doesn't do a whole lot for the sibilance, other than keep you at the proper distance from the mic. If you have to fix it after it's recorded, the de-esser in Audition will help, but your best bet is to train yourself, and use the pop filter, which you can get for short money on *bay:

Joe Bourke
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Bourke Media

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Simon Billington
Re: Removing Sibilance With Audition CC
on May 11, 2015 at 12:11:48 pm

Failing that, if you have to do some repairs there is still some tricks you can do. After all recording it correctly the first time is the ideal, but not always achievable in the real world, especially when you are under resourced, over time or you simply get given the material from another person.

Tools like the DeEsser Can help remove sibalence and tame some percussive transients from sounds like "T" & "K". "P" & "B" can ultimately have a lot more lower frequencies in the transient as well and so a tool like a multiband eq/compressor can become handy.

However, while DeEssers are easy to use, multiband processors aren't and require a lot more practice. That being said most should come with a number of presets with hopefully something that may provide a useful starting point for you.... And then there is YouTube, or tutorials that can possibly be found elsewhere here.

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