de-esser for vinyl mastering?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by kgutzke, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. kgutzke

    kgutzke Active Member

    I cut dubplates on a semi-professional level and was wondering what hardware piece (digital or analog) might do me best for quick simple de-essing of troublesome music. This would be used alongside my high frequency limiters specific to cutting.
  2. TotalSonic

    TotalSonic Guest

    Probably the best out there is the Weiss DS-1 -
    It's pricy though.

    The BSS DPR 402 might make a nice affordable choice - Heathmans uses it in their rooms and from what I've heard that comes out of there they definitely know what they're doing.

    The TC Finalizer boxes have a decent de-ess function.
    Orban and Drawmer (the MX-50) make analog boxes that might be worth checking out too.

    If you have a DAW - on the plugin side you can either set a multiband comp with a single band in set for the ess band or get a dedicated de-essing plugin. Waves has one that works ok. Avoid the SPL one - it's pretty ineffective and inflexible. Really nice freeware VST choice is Digital Fishphones "Spitfish" - which if set right can actually be pretty nicely effective and fairly transparent - shortly after making this plug Magix hired the guy to write dsp code for Samplitude so even though the free thing might scare people off he does know what he is doing - (Dead Link Removed)

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson
  3. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    The Maselec MPL -2 is an excellent limiter/de esser. widely used for vinyl.
  4. kgutzke

    kgutzke Active Member

    Thank you all for the info -- truly appreciated.
  5. WaltzMastering

    WaltzMastering Active Member

    7 years later... ; ) I think Steve B uses the Derresser from Empirical Labs now
    Another to consider is the De-esser from SPL
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    The de-esser from SPL was what I was thinking too but, TotalSonic, a few posts above said NOT to use it "Avoid the SPL one - it's pretty ineffective and inflexible" Have you used it Waltz?
    I have a lot of SPL hardware here and its all top notch. I was considering that one myself some day.
  7. WaltzMastering

    WaltzMastering Active Member

    Yes, I used to have one, and while there were not that many controls on it, it worked great.

    I switched to itb de-essing a while back just for the fact that it is automatible, where the hardware is pretty much on/off.

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