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Another application of Side Chaining is the De-Esser and let me open up one here. We have got the De-Esser on this Acoustic Guitar track. A De-Esser is best known as an effect that takes the Esses or the hiss out of a vocal performance. It's really a frequency specific compressor and it's useful for controlling sibilance on a variety of instruments, including vocals, hi-hats, cymbals, guitars, and other instruments that have a lot of energy in the 2-8 kHz range.
Essentially, a De-Esser is a compressor that receives an EQ track through its Side-Chain input that has the offending sibilant frequency boosted very high, so that the compressor will attenuate it when it gets loud. So let's have a listen to what this track sounds like, and I'm going to tweak some of the parameters here on the De-Esser. (Music playing.) So you see when I hit this Listen button, we are only listening to the frequencies right around this area that we are choosing here on the Freq parameter and when you insert a De- Esser plug-in on a track, that's what you should do first is click on this Listen button and then use the Frequency knob to determine what frequency you want to base your De-Essing around.
Then use the Range knob to add some compression to the offending frequency. Finally, adjust the frequency to center in on the offending sound. Then turn-off the Listen button and watch the Gain reduction over here as well as up here in the graphic display. To hear how the De-Esser is working on the track. Let's have a listen. (Music playing.) Right there at the end, you can really hear the compression kicking in and out on the higher frequencies. Now De-Essers, Side-Chains, Expanders, and Gates are all very useful dynamic effects. Use them on your tracks wisely, and you really will be able to sculpt the sound of your mix.
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