Sibilance is conquered through a type of multiband compressor, the de-essor. The high frequencies containing sibilant syllables are reduced through this special type of focused compression.
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- [Narrator] A specialized version…of a multi-band compressor…is called a De-essor.…Like any multi-band compressor,…a De-essor is able to focus on specific areas…of the frequency range, in this case the high frequencies,…and apply large amounts of compression to that range only,…while leaving the other frequencies untouched.…Sibilance in voice is the sound of S's and T syllables…being over-emphasized in a recording.…Different voices might have more sibilance,…and different mics also might bring out more sibilance.…
These problematic frequencies range around…5-8 kilohertz in a female voice…and 3-6 kilohertz in a male voice.…If we use a De-essor like the stock Logic one,…let me insert it into the vocal track.…I'm going to insert it after our EQs and compression.…Go ahead and under the dynamics,…we see the De-essor.…The stock Logic De-essor allows us to compress…only the high frequency ranges when they occur,…and it leaves other frequency areas alone,…effectively reducing the sibilance in a voice.…
Let me just play for you,…
Audio engineer Scott Hirsch starts with comping the vocals—combining the best performances into one final vocal master take. He explains how to edit out breaths and other noises and fabricate a doubling effect for additional texture and vibe, and then brings in some plugins into the mix—Antares Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and iZotope—to tune vocals and create more interesting soundscapes. In the "Mixing" chapter, Scott enhances the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and automation, adding life and motion to the song. The final track demonstrates everything you can do to maximize the effectiveness of vocals with Logic Pro.
- Comping takes in Logic Pro
- Editing breaths and noise
- Doubling and tuning vocals
- Experimenting with iZotope's Stutter Edit
- Processing vocals with EQ and compression
- De-essing vocals
- Using reverb, delay, and modulation effects
- Automating levels and FX in Logic Pro