How to get rid of hissing Sibilant S

How to get rid of hissing Sibilant S

Ever listen back to a recording of your voice and hear a hissing sound whenever you say a word with the letter ‘s’ in it?

That’s plenty of words and it doesn’t sound very good, does it? In fact, if a hissing S is not controlled it will stop your promising voice over career dead in its tracks.

Technically, the problem is referred to as ‘sibilance’ and it’s more common than you might suspect. Many women suffer from sibilance and plenty of men do too.

There are many factors that cause annoying sibilance but the good news is, if you know what to do, sibillance can be controlled and even eliminated.

In today’s Inside Voice Over video training I share my best techniques for controlling and eliminating siballance. Try them out and let me know how they work for you.

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After you watch the video, I want to know your thoughts. Has sibilance been a problem for you? How are you dealing with it?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box. I want to read about what’s on your mind so I can support you.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company

P.S. HURRY! Our next Voice Over Bootcamp Recording Studio Immersion Experience in NYC June 18-20 is almost sold out. Get details here or call 800-333-8108.


5 Responses to How to get rid of hissing Sibilant S

  1. Thanks Susan,
    Always great tips and tricks…keep them coming!
    Can you share a link to a ‘de-esser’ software that you’d recommend?

    Also, Can a higher quality pop filter/screen help with this at all?

    I did some research and found a better screen to use I think.


    • Thanks for writing Brad. Many people like the Waves Renaissance D-esser. Its a plug in that works with most software. And yes, a good quality pop screen definitely helps. But use a fabric one. We’ve found that the metal ones can cause reflection

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