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De-Breath is a one-knob audio effect plug-in that automatically detects and removes all annoying breath sounds that can happen while recording. Based on the multi-patented accusonus algorithms, De-Breath allows for quick and efficient attenuation of breaths from audio recordings, without compromising the audio quality.
Figure 1: Accusonus ERA De-Breath
- Single knob operation
- Simple and streamlined user interface
- Automatic breath detection
- Sensitivity controls for super-accurate breath detection
- Monitor Breaths only button
- Real-Time Processing Display
- Uncompromised sound quality
- Minimal CPU usage
- Resizable UI
- Info button with tips & tricks
Installation & Activation
You can find De-Breath in the latest ERA Bundle installer under the Downloads section. For more information about the installation procedure visit the How to install & uninstall ERA Bundle Help Center section. For information about the activation procedure, please visit the Activation & Deactivation section.
Your computer must have:
- a modern architecture CPU
- a minimum of 4GB RAM memory
- at least 50MB free space on your hard disk
- a minimum screen resolution of 800x600 pixels
De-Breath is available as a mono or stereo audio effect plug-in in the
- AU (64-bit)
- VST (64-bit)
- AAX Native (64-bit)
for macOS 10.14.6 or later
- VST2 (32/64-bit)
- AAX Native (64-bit)
for Windows 10 (v2004 or higher)
Supported sample rates
De-Breath supports the following sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Supported plug-in Video/Audio Editors
Please have a look at the Compatible Audio and Video Editors with ERA plugins Help Center article to check the compatibility of De-Breath with your video/audio editor.
Warning: De-Breath is designed to be used as an audio effect plugin
inside Audio Editors or Video Editors. Only the plug-in formats listed above are supported. ERA De-Breath does not operate as a stand-alone application
Warning: There are just too many combinations of video/audio editors and plug-in formats out there, so there’s always something we might have not tested. If you don’t see your editor above, you can always download the free, fully-functional 14-day trial and see if De-Breath is supported for yourself. If you encounter any problem, contact us and we would be happy to help.
ERA De-Breath Operation
Figure 2: ERA De-Breath - Processing Knob
This is the main control of De-Breath. Most of the time you don’t have to do anything else. Just dial in the amount of processing you want and you’re done! The knob extends from a range of 0% to 100% and controls the amount of breath suppression. You may go from subtle breath attenuation up to drastic breath elimination!
Information: Lower processing values mean less suppression on the detected breaths. Higher processing values mean more suppression on the detected breaths.
Tip: Although breaths can be very annoying in a dialogue recording, completely eliminating them might sound a bit unnatural. If you plan on adding background music to your dialogue, then you can safely use higher processing values and eliminate breaths. The background music will smoothly fill all the gaps. If you don’t plan on adding background music to your dialogue, then adjust the knob to the point where breaths are suppressed, but are still part of the recording. This will help your dialogue sound more natural.
Figure 3: ERA De-Breath - Sensitivity Control
Under the processing knob, you’ll find the Sensitivity Control. This slider controls the sensitivity of the breath detector. In simple words, higher slider values will make the detector more sensitive while detecting breaths. This will result in detecting more breaths accurately, but also speech regions may get picked and processed as well. Lower slider values will make the detector looser, detecting fewer breaths and no speech regions at all.
Important: Always enable the Monitor Breaths Only button (found left of the slider) when you are adjusting the sensitivity. Otherwise, you may not be able to accurately understand how many breaths are being detected.
Tip: In case your recording has natural-sounding breaths(i.e. not extremely intense and short breaths), prefer setting the sensitivity below 6. Of course, this depends on your case, so always trust your ears.
Tip: For extremely intense and short breaths(think of an intense audiobook narration), sensitivity values above 6 will typically handle the detection better. Again, always trust your ears.
Monitor Breaths Only button
Figure 6: ERA De-Breath - Monitor Breaths Only button
The Monitor Breath Only button helps you listen to what is being detected by the breath detector before any attenuation is applied. Always enable this button when adjusting the Sensitivity slider, so you are sure that only breaths are being detected and not speech parts too.
Important: When this button is enabled, setting the sensitivity too low may result in no output at all. This is expected, as the detector is not detecting anything as a breath, hence, you hear nothing. Try increasing the sensitivity until you hear the breaths being detected.
Figure 4: ERA De-Breath - Output Gain
The output gain allows you to adjust the level of the output signal. Note that this gain is also bypassed when the ON/OFF switch is set at OFF. This is very helpful when comparing the original and the processed signals.
Tip: You can double-click on a control to reset it to its default value.
Real-time Processing Display
Figure 5: ERA De-Breath - Real-Time Processing Display
At the bottom of the plug-in window, there is a real-time processing display. De-Breath will show you where the breaths exist (with light blue) on the waveform of the input signal (with black). The higher the sensitivity value, the more breath regions will be detected, hence more breaths will be shown on the waveform.
Figure 7: ERA De-Breath - A/B switch
There might come a time where you’re not sure which setting is better. Note, that you can adjust the plug-in controls (Processing, Output Gain and Sensitivity) independently for the A and the B setting. You can use the A/B switch to quickly compare two settings and decide which one is better.
Figure 8: ERA De-Breath - ON/OFF switch
The ON/OFF switch allows you to turn on or off the plug-in processing. When the switch is at the OFF position, all processing is bypassed and the original signal comes through De-Breath untouched.
Tip: We suggest to use the ON/OFF switch (instead of the Editor’s bypass control for the plug-in). This will keep your audio in sync with the rest of your tracks in your video/audio editor session.
Resizing the plug-in window
De-Breath offers the option to resize the plug-in window. This can be especially helpful if you have large or high-resolution screens or you just want to focus on a specific task. Click the zoom icon at the top right corner and choose between three settings.
Figure 9: ERA De-Breath - Window Resize
Warning: Low resolution screens such as 800x600 cannot correctly display the plug-in for zoom options above 100%. Additionally, some hosts may clip the plug-in window in such low resolutions.
Quick Info Button
Right above the main processing knob, you will find the Quick Info button. Enable it and hover the mouse over any control of De-Breath. A pop-up window will appear in the middle of the plug-in, containing helpful information and tips for each control.
Figure 10: ERA De-Breath - Info Button
Info: To hide the pop-up window, just click on the Quick Info button once again.
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