Remove that annoying (and painful) S sound from your audio tracks in Audacity

This tutorial comes right out of my own experience. I had been doing recording for a long time with no problem, and then suddenly I was getting this powerfully painful “S” sound that hurt my ears when I wore headphones. So, I had to figure out a way to get rid of it.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to figure out anything because somebody already had. Sascha Eversmeier a guy who lives in Berlin (that’s in Germany) had already created his own plugin for all kinds of audio software that takes care of the D-essing problem (that’s what they call it… get it? Getting rid of the “S”?) His website is at

So, in this tutorial I’m going to show you:
  • Where to get this free D-esser plugin
  • Where to find the instructions to install it in your version of Audacity
  • How to use it on a S-laden track.
  • And how to be happy that your S-problems are gone!

8 comments to Remove S Sound in Audcaity using this D-esser effect

  • Ali

    Thank you very much for this tutorial it’s so helpfull.

  • TheLords

    I’m so glad. Thanks for letting me know!

  • terry

    tried for a half hour to get this to load finally gave up. can’t get it o download.

  • Thom Daly

    I’m desperately trying to install spitfish but can’t get it to show up in audacity under “effects”.

    I’ve downloaded the vst bridge, added a vst plug in file under program files, closed and reopened audacity. I have no idea what else to do.

    I’m fairly low functioning when it comes to computer lingo and I know you said “don’t ask how to install it” but the direction on digital fish phones might as well be in Greek.

  • TheLords

    Hi Thom, Man – I wish I could help but it sounds like you’ve done everything right. It’s probably something simple but sometimes those are the hardest to discover. I’ll email you the spitfish user manual and see if that helps.

  • Hi Thom,

    I had the same problem as you. I have just figured it out, guess its probably too late for you though.

    Go to Edit->Preferences

    Go to Effects.

    Tick the box which says Rescan Effects next time Audacity is started

    It will ask you to install the effects and you will now see them.

  • Thomas

    Yes, I found that to be the problem. Thanks for posting the solution though in case I was still looking!

  • Jennie

    Thanks for the replies on how to get it to rescan. Tried to use this awhile ago, and never was able to get it working. Now got it installed 🙂