De-essing vox track

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by area51recording, Jun 26, 2002.

  1. Hi! I'd like to get some pointers on the most efficient way to de-ess a vocal track. I have at my disposal the stock MOTU plugs (I'm using DP 2.72) and Waves Native Power Pack. Thanks very much in advance for any assisstance you can give!
    Bob Green
    Area 51 Recording Studio
  2. Mike Simmons

    Mike Simmons Active Member

    Nov 5, 2001
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    Hi Bob, I prefer to go through a song and de-ess the track manually with the volume graph. If the "SSSes" don't really splatter this works transparently. If the "SSSes" really splatter, chances are I used the wrong mic. If I'm working on a long voice narration, however, I'll just use the waves de-esser.
  3. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    Yep...CG is right. Microphones can really make it nasty. Sometimes it is best to have a 58 right there too...tracking. Use both in the mix.

    A novel experiment that has worked wonders is to use the main condenser and let the artist hold a 58 for posterity. Both are open. Use the combo (one as a pad, one as a main) depending on vox artist.

    You jibe?
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