Overview

Great de-essing doesn’t have to be complicated
The original dBx 902 de-esser was an instant classic when it was released in the 1980s. With an ingenious design and extremely simple workflow, it quickly became a mainstay in major studios all over the world, finding its way onto countless hit records. Today, Lindell Audio brings this design to the DAW, adding new features that make it even better than the original.

Automatic de-essing that instantly adapts to any instrument
Don’t let its looks deceive you: the minimalist 2-knob workflow of the Lindell 902 de-esser is made possible by some very sophisticated engineering under the hood. One of the most remarkable things about the 902 is that it doesn’t have a threshold control. But this is a feature, not a bug. The 902 compares the level of the high frequency you select to the rest of the signal, allowing for equally smooth de-essing whether your signal is whisper quiet or screaming loud.

Reduce harshness on any source without second guessing
The lack of complex controls on the 902 makes it easier to use—and harder to mess up—than most other de-essers. No fixed threshold means you no longer have to compromise by over-processing loud sections or under-processing quiet ones. But all this wouldn’t mean much if it didn’t sound any good. Fortunately, the 902 is also one of the best sounding de-essers ever made, suitable not only for voice, but also for controlling excess brightness on cymbals, guitars, or any other instrument with potentially harsh transients.

Now with new features only possible in the digital domain
The Lindell 902 takes a bona fide studio classic and updates it with extra features for the 21st century including a graphical layout showing exactly what the de-esser is doing in real time, a “mix” knob, an “air” control to bring back brightness after de-essing, and a “listen” feature to hear exactly what the de-esser is doing.

Features

  • Faithful emulation of a classic de-esser heard on countless hit records.
  • Incredibly simple workflow: Just set the target frequency and desired amount of gain reduction.
  • No fixed threshold control means the de-esser automatically adapts to the level of your signal, for equally smooth de-essing in loud and quiet passages.
  • Mix knob to blend processed and unprocessed signal together.
  • Listen function to audition the de-esser sidechain and gain reduction independently.
  • Air control to apply a smooth high frequency boost to regain lost high frequency content.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Rafael

    Rafael "Anthem" Brown

    Producer, Mixing Engineer & Sound Designer (Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean)

    Lindell Audio 902 is thick and smooth. Very useful to dial in to what you want to hear!

  • Jesse Ray Ernster

    Jesse Ray Ernster

    Grammy-winning Mixing Engineer (Kanye West, UMI, Burna Boy)

    I have found my new favorite de-esser. This resembles the brilliant volume attenuation that the classic units are known for (and of course it rocks on overhead cymbals too!)

  • Paul

    Paul "Willie Green" Womack

    The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, ScHoolboy Q

    Sometimes the best solution to an issue is the simple one that just sounds right. The Lindell 902 gets the job accurately, easily, and most importantly - it sounds great! The straightforward… Read More

  • Eryck Bry

    Eryck Bry

    Music Producer, Mixing Engineer, Composer

    Simple, effective and incredibly authentic, the Lindell 902 De-esser is a must have in your mixing arsenal!

  • Mat Mainhard

    Mat Mainhard

    Mix Engineer & Producer (Georgia Ku, Jack Price, National Geographic)

    This feels like using the original hardware, but with very welcomed added features. It sounds great. The flexibility and ease to use just makes it a go-to for me. I’m officially retiring my… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • The only one

    ★★★★★
    by Alan Brucke
    I've tried to make Renaissance Deesser and Pro-DS work for me but it's a tiring battle with those. 902 just works! And it sounds great.
  • Simply fantastic

    ★★★★★
    by Ay Ay Ron
    Simple. Efficient. Effective. So easy use and yet it sounds wonderful. I don't know what kind of sorcery or faustian bargain Lindell Audio made to get this plugin to be this wonderful but it was… Read More
  • Increíble

    ★★★★★
    by Pablo Fiore
    Wao y más wao y fieles respeto para este de- Esser, es perfecto como trabaja y el air que tiene ayuda a recuperar el brillo correcto que se pierde al reducir las "ss" en las voces mantenimiento el… Read More
  • It does the job

    ★★★★★
    by syhumusic
    Easy to use. It works perfectly out of the box even without tweaking anything on vocal tracks that I work with. After trying a lot of different de-essers, I'm gonna stick with this one.
  • Insanely easy de-esser

    ★★★★★
    by KyleHowdy
    De-Essing has always been meh in my productions. Tried a trial on this plug-in and tested it out on a track I was currently mixing. Very easy to dial in and use, sounds extremely natural and does… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 12 down to macOS 10.11
Windows 11 down to Windows 8

Mac
Intel, or Apple Silicon (except for AAX) architecture

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

902 De-Esser

Lindell Audio 902 De-esser - Changelog

Version 1.0.0 (Nov 18, 2021)
- Release version