Anyone have experience with using de-esser for sibilance in home audio system?

I've been experiencing sibilance over the past year and have arrived at the conclusion that it's my hearing. 

I'm wondering whether a pro-audio de-esser might help.

Does anyone have experience with this?  




By the way, your issue with sibilance on vocals most likely comes from FET mics versus tube. You can YouTube people demonstrating mics if you are curious. (Check out the Chandler Redd, a very smooth sounding new tube design and see if those examples still bug you).

I am super sensitive to highs on both my systems and real life, and my spontaneous irritation with them varies based on stress, sleep and diet usually. If I maintain those, I don’t have an issue. When those things fall apart, the world becomes sonically horrid, like needles.

Most likely your issue is neuro, and something like neurofeedback can address it. My $0.02.

I'm very interested in what works for you. I have the same problem. In my case it's hearing damage from COVID. One of my ears has substantial high freq hearing loss and this ear also hears a lot of distortion and "grain" that isn't there. My doctor tested my hearing and says it's better than average, but the test is NOT hifi. It tops out at 6kHz. The bad ear doesn't hear certain cymbal sounds any more and it seems like my brain cranks up certain frequencies from the good ear to compensate, which results in sibilance. The same thing happens with any speaker in any room, but not with headphones! I think it's because of the room being removed and there's no cross feed between the ears.


I'm curious -- how might neurofeedback address perception of sibilance?

Yes; I’m aware the TMR is a Weiss dealer. I can’t afford that dac currently but I may indeed end up trying it down the road.


That must be very frustrating. I will probably try a pro audio EQ, at some point.

@stuartk It has to do with where our brain puts attention on stimulus. It can be rearranged in priority and sensation.


It has to do with where our brain puts attention on stimulus. It can be rearranged in priority and sensation.

This makes sense. I've come across a few comments by guys who've said once they became aware of sibilance, they couldn't "un-hear" it. Could be, this is what's happened in my case. At this point, I expect it, every time I encounter vocals.