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Your Fav De-esser

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by tripnek, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    What is your favorite dedicated outboard De-esser (not plugins)? I've been looking at the DBX 902, Drawmer MX50, SPL. Which would you choose? I was also looking at the DBX 263x but I belive in is unbalanced is it not?
  2. Roly

    Roly Guest

    BSS DPR 901 II
  3. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Oh, and I forgot. What would be the going price for two channels of DBX 902 with a two unit - one rack space power supply used?
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    There really isn't a good dedicated de-esser being made that I know of. The dbx 902 is good and popular, but prices are all over the place. I find that mic choice/placement, mic pre choice, pop filter choice/placement, and eq can fix about 90% and the other 10% can be addressed by a parametric and comp using the sidechain. Having a singer with the talent that also knows how to sing into a mic is always the best answer.

    The de-esser in my Focusrite Red-7 while not perfect is very useable, and I get some very good specific results using my TC DBmax as well as my Eventide DSP4500 or DSP7000.
  5. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I am using the single-channel version of the dbx 902 called the dbx263A...works great!
  6. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Does the 263a have balanced or unbalanced I/O's
  7. Marcus Black

    Marcus Black Guest

    The 263 has unbalanced I/Os. Considering that they are cheap and do the job, why not get a couple ?? If the unbalanced I/O is a problem, it can be solved. There are some +4/-10 - level - switch - boxes out there aswell.

    A studio here in Stockholm (Polar studios, the quite well-known former Abba-studio) have a couple of modified 902´s. I think the mod is that they operate on a higher voltage than originally, and is supposed to reduce the s-sounds very nicely.
  8. Babyhead

    Babyhead Guest

    I like the DBX 902s. I see them in every studio. They work well on bass too. However, I find automation works best if it's just a few Hs Ss, or T's. I'll do the breaths to. Not all the way out, but knocked down. Then a 3:1 45ms in 4500ms out and its all even(most of the time)...but it takes time...

  9. slicraider

    slicraider Guest

    I've heard times when the 902s sounded like the audio equivalent of a machete. Not as bad a an Orban but no where near as nice as the BSS. :p:
  10. I know this isn't what your looking for, but for DAW users, I think the Waves Renaissance Deesser is really good. It's incredibly configurable.
  11. StevenGurg

    StevenGurg Guest

    I do voice overs and spoken word with a Rode NTK, which is so sibilant I have ALL of the de-essers in hardware and software. The SPL does the best by far... by far the best of the bunch, followed by DBX263a and Sound Forge's multidynamics plugin. Waves Renaisance De-esser is pretty decent too.
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