Sean Divine explains how compression and EQ in Hip-Hop can produce sibilance and how we can treat this using deessers and EQ. He shows various tricks for reducing harshness.
- [Voiceover] You may notice that your vocals have…harsh S sounds or sibilance.…This can be particularly distracting and unpleasant…for your listeners.…It can become even worse after using compression and EQ,…which can accentuate problematic frequencies.…The good news is, there are many solutions…to fix this problem, and I'm going to show you…a few of my favorite techniques.…The easiest solution is to utilize a dedicated…de-esser plug-in.…Let me show you one of my favorite plug-ins to use…for this technique.…So let's go over here, to our FX chain,…and we're going to open up the waves de-esser.…
So go select that from the menu.…Now, there's a couple of controls here…that I want to point out.…The most important one is going to be the frequency control.…And this is basically telling the de-esser…where we're going to be cutting some of these S sounds.…So if you're not so comfortable with this plug-in,…you can start at least with some of the presets.…So let's say we want to start with the Male Ess.…
We'll just select that.…
In this course, Sean Divine—a producer and mix engineer whose instrumental catalog has received millions of plays online—demonstrates vocal recording and mixing techniques that can yield impressive results. While Sean uses Logic Pro in this video, he explains concepts in a way that are applicable to the digital audio workstations and audio plugins of your choice. To begin, he covers a few initial concepts in the tracking process, like microphone techniques and vocal editing. Next, Sean walks you through the mixing process and touches on unique plugin techniques that can help you reduce harshness and sibilance. Finally, he explains basic mastering concepts and shares tricks that can help your hip-hop song compete with other commercial tracks.
- Maximizing a hip-hop vocal with layering
- Recording ad libs
- Editing and comping hip-hop vocals
- Mixing hip-hop vocals
- Processing a premixed instrumental