de-esser settings

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Member Since: Jan 18, 2003

what's a good setting for a de-esser, so as to make sure that s sounds are removed but the majority of the vocal's sound is kept intact? what percentage of de-essing would be good to use, and what other settings are good to make?

i hate to ask such a vague question, but cliffriff is gonna try using a de-esser later. i know nothing about them as i've never used them. i assume it's basically a kind of automated EQ

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Apr 25, 2008 06:08 pm

multi-band compression is what I'm thinking. The Q is very small, and only on where the 'S' sound is.

I could be wrong though =/

I'm thinking if you use a analyzer, to see the waveform, you'll see where the 'S' parts are coming in. then use something to cut out the offending part.

I guess EQ would be just as useful =).

A parametric with small Q should work.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Apr 25, 2008 06:13 pm

i think deessers work through compressing a certain eq range. That being said, I'm very trial and error still with my settings. I do know the main offending region of eq with the esses is about 6KHz to 6.5KHz. Don't compress to much though it will sound unnatural and sound like you're lisping.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 27, 2008 06:38 pm

Yep, there is no magic setting for a De-Esser at all. They are kind of like a Sonic Maximizer in that it is completely dependent on the source material itself. Some material may take a higher setting then others. For starters bring in the dial to about 9 o'clock and work up or down from there. I will normally run the track and simply tweak it as I go before I make it a permanent fix.

But coolo has it nailed as far as where the offending ssss sound comes from.

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