Are There Any EQ Plugins for Audacity?

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Are there any EQ Plugins that you would recommend for use with Audacity?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
    Hey James,

    If you use the VST enabler, you can use any VST plug-in with Audacity.

    The Kjaerhus EQ is a really good free one (if you don't need more than 7 bands). In fact all their plug-ins are good...

    Kjaerhus Audio - Professional Audio Plug-ins
    • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
      Rock on. Any idea how far I need to lower the high-end EQ in order to "de-ess" myself?

      Oh... and I just downloaded the VST Enabler and Kjaerhus. I attempted to install the VST Enabler by clicking the "Setup" icon, and I think it worked. But I'm not quite sure how to install Kjaerhus. Anyone happen to know?
  • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
    You rock, dude! Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
      Originally Posted by James Legacy View Post

      Also, do I need to adjust the EQ prior to recording? Or should this be done after the recording has been completed?
      Most definitely AFTER. Applying an EQ after you've captured the audio is a non-destructive process until you "print" that effect and save the file.

      But truthfully, a graphic EQ is not the ideal solution for De-Essing. You are going to be altering the overall tonal balance even when you're not SSSssss'ing. A parametric EQ is better suited for the job as you can dial into the fundamental frequency that's most offensive and cut a couple of db with a tight "Q" (width of the frequency band you're working with).

      Frankly, the best solution for De-Essing starts at the source -- YOU and the mic. Post--processing with a de-esser can help, it's done every single day, but it's a band-aid, not a cure.

      The cure is to track the "vocal" without excess sibilance in the first place.

      Ok, probably more than you wanted to know...

      Brian
  • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
    Anyone happen to know why my Spitfish interface looks so different from the one on their website?

    Their interface:
    http://www.digitalfishphones.com/ima...s/spitfish.jpg

    My interface:
    http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4394/shizzleo.png
    • Profile picture of the author Scott Lundergan
      Brandon brings up some great resources for what you're looking for and at the same time, Brian kind of took the words out of my mouth.

      While a parametric EQ is ideal and is exactly what people use when they run into, if you can get it at the source that are caused by a variety of factors like less condenser mic sensitivity and proper mic placement (6-10 inches depending on the studio mic)

      And/or if you run into those "popping p's", then the resource below will help.
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      Cheers,
      Scott
  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    It's not displaying the GUI.

    The sliders are the the same parameters as the "knobs" and "buttons".

    Spitfish plugs are pretty cool but have always been a little buggy for me in pro level DAW's. I imagine only more so in Audacity.

    Does the plug in pass audio and do the sliders work?

    Brian
    • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
      Originally Posted by LoudMac View Post

      Does the plug in pass audio and do the sliders work?

      Brian
      Actually, I just cranked up the sliders... but it didn't seem to change the sound at all. :confused:

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