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De Essing with Wave Rens. De Ess

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18 years 8 months
Can someone offer some suggested freq or techniques for De Essing? I am using Waves R DeEsser. I cant seem to get it right.

The culprits are words like Smile-plaCe-embraCe.

Thanks All


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21 years 2 months

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 10/19/2004 - 13:36
Lucky you! The Wave Ren De esser is one of the best plug-ins you can use.

First of all, you need to locate the offending esses. That's easy. hit the side chain button (I can't remember the exact name of that button, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Bottom right of the plug-in) play with the frequency response of the side chain filter, until you hear clearly where the esses are. If you're not sure about what you're doing, take a look at the gain reduction graph. With the right combination of threshold and frequency selection, it should only trigger the de-esser when needed.
Now there's a neat function that Waves has and other don't. It's the range parameter. It prevents gain reduction to go past a certain level.
In my opinion, de-essing works best when only a few db's of gain reduction occur. If you overdo it, it sounds nasty, of course.
I would start with a range of 4 to 5 dB and adjust as necessary.

Sometimes, de-essing does not work :cry: In most situation, with the right setting, you should be able to improve the situation.

Good luck.