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Saturday, December 27, 2014

How to use a De-esser (or Deesser), with Free Vst Plugins!


Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we are going to talk about de-essers!
A deesser is basically a compressor which is set to operate only on a very narrow range of frequences that corresponds to the sibilants of the human voice, which can be captured with high peaks of volume by the microphones.
Usually these sibilant "S" and "T" sounds are located in an area between the 9khz and the 15khz, and often the deessers have presets for male or female vocals, but the best ones sometimes features also a "learn" mode in which they automatically detects the right area to attenuate: the more the area is narrow, the more the deesser will be effective without processing unneeded areas of the mix.

There are also other, more creative ways to use a deesser: someone uses them on a cymbals track or on a distorted guitar track to tame the harsh frequences that sometimes can get a bit too prominent, giving a more smooth result, similar to the one you'd get from a Low-pass filter, but less invasive.

There are many Deessers on the market, and almost every DAW has one bundled, but if you want to try some free Vst, here are best ones the web has to offer:

Digitalfishphones Spitfish - Considered one of the best deesser ever made

Tonmann Deesser - One of the most transparent free deesser around

Sleepy-Time Lisp Deesser - A very good Deesser, available also in 64bit version

Antress Modern Deesser - An interesting rack-like deesser


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