Detailed de-essing process???

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Member Since: Dec 04, 2004

I'm not very familiar with side chain function or compressor/eq usage for the purpose of de-essing...ok, I'm being lazy. Any crystal clear explainations or link suggestions? (diagrams would be a plus!) Thanx

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JR Productions
Since: Mar 03, 2005

Oct 26, 2005 10:02 am

From my knowledge, a de-esser simply usses a high pass filter (i think from about 2khz to 6 or so) and then compresses it, as those frequencies are what gives the sss sound.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Oct 26, 2005 12:16 pm

for manually de-essing using a compressor with an eq sidechained to it ya need three things.

a compressor with a sidechain (TRS) jack.

an eq (graphic or parametric).

a Y cable that is TRS on one end and two TS's on the other.

what this does is give you control over what the compressor "sees". say you cut all the lows on the eq, the compressor will only then 'see' the highs and therefore it'll only kick in when it hears extreme highs. hence taking out the 'ssss' (around 8k)

you can also use the sidechain feature for a tecnique called "ducking"

ya ever hear on tv or radio where when the announcer was talking, but then when he stoped the music came up a bit. (think right before a commercial)

you patch a signal from the person into the 'sidechain' of the compressor and have the compressor running the background music through it.

some people duck a bass line, when a kick drum hits.

good stuff


Since: Dec 04, 2004

Oct 26, 2005 02:29 pm

Thanks wyd. I have what I need. I'd heard of the bass line ducking before and had an idea of sorts how side chain worked. Just needed the detail.(see?-lazy!) mwaynew

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