Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Get in the Mix: De-essing a vocal track, part of Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
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…We now know that de-essing is frequency specific compression.…Let's put a de-esser to work on a vocal track.…Take a listen to this vocal passage,…paying particular attention to the ess sounds.…>> Tonight I feel asleep at…the wheel. I woke up just in time…with chills darting down my spine.…>> Because these ess sounds will likely get a…bit crispy as we add some top end EQ to…the mix, especially on the words asleep, chills, and…spine, we can use a de-esser to tame that sibilance.…
I like to use my de-essers before applying compression in EQ.…So I can get the bad stuff out of the way before it hits my other processors.…Now listen again as I activate…the de-esser. >> Tonight I feel…asleep at the wheel. I woke up…just in time with chills darting down my spine.…>> It's subtle, but effective.…
Using a high frequency only de-esser, all I'm doing here is just taking a bit…of the edge off those particularly sibilant words.…Many de-essers allow you to preview the side chain…signal and tune the frequency band to match the track.…
AuthorBrian Lee White
- Measuring amplitude
- Understanding dynamic range
- Introducing compressors
- Utilizing compression ratios
- Applying attack and release
- Evening out a vocal performance with compression
- Adding punch and sustain to drums
- Using compression presets intelligently
- How to record with compression
- Solving common mix problems with limiters
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using gates and expanders
- Controlling frequency content with multiband compressors
- Using sidechains creatively
- Keying gates and compressors
- Fixing overcompressed tracks
- Using mixbus compression
- Working with parallel compression
- Compression and limiting best practices
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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1. Audio Dynamics
4. Special Dynamics Processors
5. Advanced Topics
An Interview with the Author
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