Waves DE Ess Hints?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by jazzbass12, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. jazzbass12

    jazzbass12 Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Taunton MA
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    Can anyone offer suggestions as to best how to use Waves De Ess?
    Suggested starting points orthe best way to zero in on the offending frequency. What mode etc...?
  2. DrGonz

    DrGonz Active Member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good place to start for manuals....
    http://homepage.mac.com/craigsmith/PDFs/Waves PDFs/DeEsser.pdf

    Also one way I use a de-esser is to find a setting that makes the troublsome parts go away and save the setting, say for vocals. Then I export the file to separate wave file and open in a audio editor(SoundForge). Since, I know where the trouble parts are I can now attack those sections individually. I am not sure if this a good practice but it gets the job done. Just apply the effect to each small section and leave most of the track(hopefully) unprocessed. Sometimes this does'nt always work either....

    As far as the settings, if you read the manual they are self explanatory. Just one thing is the de-esser might make the a vocalist have a lisp sound. I personally think that I use the de-esser to fix things. If the recording sounds good then most of it is perfect, but just a few esssssssss'. So yup its a good tool for fixing things.

    Side Note: You can attack frequencies more independently by using it in split mode. This actually will split the lows and the high frequencies into to parts. And select a hi-pass filter setting too, then focus how to balance the low to high ratios.

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