I know a lot of people have problems with sibilance in this forum, and for whatever reason haven't seen this plugin mentioned much here on head-fi... does anyone here use it? I started looking for solution for sibilance on my main computer rig ever since I got my HD800 and D2000, both of which are frequently reported to have slight exaggerations in the sibilance range (and I did find that these slightly exaggerate the 8k-10k range). My first solution was to use a parametric EQ, but this also cut into extension of the high frequency range more than I wanted. Then I found the Spitfish De-esser, which I saw was frequently recommended in other audio circles in dealing with sibilance. And IMO they do the job very well without cutting into the highs extension and keeping with the general frequency balance! Now, they don't cut out 100% of the sibilance; if the recording naturally has a lot of it, no amount of de-essing it will get rid of it completely... but I've found that this has been a much better solution for me in dealing with sibilance than EQing (of course, if the highs also kill you then parametric EQ like Electri-Q is a better way to go, and I have both on my VST).
For anyone suffering from sibilance and JUST sibilance, I encourage you to give this a try. You can find it here and use it for foobar using a VST wrapper: http://makeownmusic.org/free-plugins/spitfish-de-esser-free
Edited by K_19 - 7/20/10 at 7:03am