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XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OS X >= 10.5
Sybilla is an intelligent de-esser designed with one purpose: reduce those sibilant in almost no time.
It works dividing the input signal in 8 different bands carefully tuned to the sibilant sound frequencies, the output of these filters drive a VCA modeled compressor that has a smooth and pleasant response. This coupled with envelope followers "perfect for speech" gives Sybilla a very musical sound but effective de-essing.
Sybilla has just two knobs, since the frequency detection is done automatically to always catch the most critical part you only have to decide how much the de-esser should work on those frequencies and if you like some of the original signal mixed in.
That's it. Sybilla is easy and effective de-essing.
- Automatic de-essing.
- adjustable effect amount.
- 8 different detection filters.
- on/off switches for every filter.
- effective de-essing regardless of signal level.
- dry/wet knob.
- Mac OS X (>=10.5) and Windows support.
- 64-bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows.
- Audio Units VST2.4 and VST3 format.
Reviewed By SnappyDee
October 17, 2013
I don't normally write reviews, but I've just bought this and I'm really impressed with it.
Like many people I have problems with sibillance in my voice recordings. In the past I've tried various plugins including ToneBoosters De-esser, Spitfish, Sleepy Time DSP Lisp and a few others. I quite liked most of these, but none was really perfect. I tried the demo version of FabFilter DS - everyone seems to rate their stuff very highly. It's really good, but it's also really expensive.
Then I found this product. I'd never heard of HoRNet before - I found them because they were giving stuff away on the Computer Music Magazine DVD.
The plugin is based on the usual compressor method of de-essing except that it splits the high frequencies in to 6 separate bands and seems to apply compression to each separately - so it takes an existing method and improves upon it.
The controls couldn't be simpler. There's no threshold controls to bother with. It's just an Amount of De-essing control and a Wet/Dry that lets you add back some of the original signal if the plugin takes out too much.
What does it sound like? Perfect! I couldn't believe how good it sounds. With other cheap/free plugins the de-essing didn't sound natural. The esses sounded conspicuously squashed and unnatural, or it sounded lispy before it took out enough of the ess. But this sounds just right.
Caveat: I've only tried it on my own (male) voice and only for spoken word because that's what I do. But the speed of the compressor seems be be tuned just right for my personal brand of sibillance.
Conclusion: for the price, it's a steal. It's stupidly cheap and there's a demo version you can download and try. I can't think of how it could be better, so I'm giving it 10/10. It might not have the fancy graphics of the upmarket offerings, but it does the job really well and fills a gap in the market at a very affordable price.
Update: The user interface has been updated slightly for version 1.1. It's now got more bands - which I'm guessing may be useful with female voices. And each band can now be separately turned on or off. I haven't tried these new features yet, but they seem to make it a little more flexible.Read more