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Essence by DMG Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Essence is the a powerful and transparent De-Esser. It's much more than just a vocal de-esser; it's a flexible sub-band processor that can reach in and invisibly control any element in a mix. Essence provides the power to de-ess a full mix with all of the adaptability and subtlety of hardware.


  • Powerful De-Esser.
  • Psychoacoustically optimised to surgically and invisibly control sibilance.
  • Quick, simple, ergonomic interface.
  • Configurable from zero-latency, ultra-low CPU for post work to Linear Phase, oversampled ultra-high resolution for Mastering.
  • Dual-release Peak/RMS-based time detector for invisible operation.
  • Analogue-modelled single-release time detector for classic De-Esser behaviour.
  • Three-band sidechain EQ, and massively configurable Split EQ.
  • Per-channel or ganged control.
  • M/S and L/R processing.
  • Large, intuitive time-plot.
  • Windows VST, VST3 and AAX as 32+64-bit, RTAS 32-bit.
  • Mac VST, VST3, AU and AAX as 32+64-bit, RTAS 32-bit.


  • Linear Phase crossover (Split) EQ.
  • Zero-latency minimum phase mode, with Linkwitz-Riley crossovers.
  • Lookahead, dual release times, release hold, sophisticated GR smoothing options.
  • Oversampling mode to eliminate intermodulation distortions.
  • Full mixer section, with support for parallel processing.
  • Output balance for fine-tuning.
  • Upward expansion option.
  • Threshold, Ratio, Soft-knee and Gain-Reduction ceiling.
  • Variable Stereo linkage.
  • Complete set of Listen options for monitoring, including signal difference (output-input).


  • Simple three-control interface.
  • Advanced section for precision control.
  • Spectrum analyser for locating sibilance.
  • Time-plot to highlight processed sibilances.
  • Freely-resizable UI.
  • Mac Retina support.
  • 8 A/B banks.
  • Intelligent Undo/Redo.
  • Ergonomic channel linkage system.
  • Autolisten for configuring filters.

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