HOFA IQ Series DeEsser

De-Esser Plugin

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AAX Native - Compatible with Pro Tools 11 and above
AudioUnits Format
RTAS - Compatible with Pro Tools 9 and below
VST2 Format VST3 Format
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The HOFA IQ-Series DeEsser is the best tool for editing harsh sibilance in vocals or in an entire mix. The specialized and very natural sounding voice recognition makes the IQ-Series DeEsser easy to use and very intuitive.

De-Essing in its most natural form and a BUS mode that is second to none.

The groundbreaking BUS mode can control a selectable frequency range with extraordinary precision.

This makes the IQ-Series DeEsser a game-changer for mixing and mastering.

The integrated voice recognition algorithm can control sibilants in a very transparent and effective way. The vocal sound remains natural and authentic, even with heavy processing.

The plugin has 3 editing modes for individual tracks and a BUS mode which works with a different and absolutely new algorithm: the frequency range is monitored in high resolution and frequency peaks are attenuated.

  • Intelligent processing of high-frequency content
  • Attenuation of aggressive frequencies in vocals, speech, instruments & entire mixes
  • Very natural vocal sound, even with heavy gain reduction
  • Great results with simple operation
  • Custom-made voice recognition by HOFA for precise attenuation of unpleasant sibilance
  • 4 Modes for different applications:
  • WIDE – the standard for successful vocal de-essing
  • DARK – perfect for bright vocals
  • PEAK – hissing and resonating sibilance are history
  • BUS – ideal for mix groups, mastering, stems and unbalanced vocal- & instrument sounds
  • Support for Mac and PC, 32 and 64-bit DAWs

You can use the HOFA-Plugins Manager to install and activate the software on two machines at the same time. It is possible to deactivate licenses and transfer them to another machine. HOFA plugins can be activated and used offline. A description of the activation and deactivation process is available here.

Licenses on USB flash drives can be used alongside the licenses from other plugin manufacturers.


All HOFA plugins are compatible with Windows 7/8/10, Vista and WinXP, as well as Intel Macs with OS X 10.7 up to macOS 10.14 (Mojave).
Audio Unit, VST, VST3, RTAS and AAX, 32 and 64 Bit.

HOFA constantly test their plugins with the following DAWs:
Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Avid Pro Tools, Bitwig, Cockos Reaper, Image-Line FL Studio, Magix Samplitude/Sequoia, Presonus Studio One, Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo/Wavelab