Join Luisa Winters for an in-depth discussion in this video DeEsser, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Mixing Audio Clips and Tracks.
- A DeEsser is an effect used to reduce the amount of sibilance or S's in a clip. Sibilance is a short burst of high frequency sound where the S's are emphasized. In some voices, the S's are very prominent. This is usually caused by a combination of voice quality, pattern of speech, and poor microphone placement. Let's go ahead and open Sequence 3.5.
Here in the timeline we see that we have two clips. The first one, let's just play it a little bit. - Part of Kenai Fjords National Park, the glacier is the only section of the park accessible by road. - You may have noticed, no matter where in the clip you click, that the S's are really being harsh and distracting. Let's go ahead and add the DeEsser effect to this clip. For that, let's go to the Effects panel, and just type DeEsser, so D-E-E- will do, and you will see the DeEsser effect in here.
Just drag it to the clip and now we're going to mark in and out points around that clip. Since the clip is selected, all we really have to do is press the letter X and now in and out points on the clip are selected. Make sure that you have the Loop button selected, and now let's go to the Effect Controls panel. In the Effect Controls panel, let's go ahead and click on the Edit button for the DeEsser effect. This opens this dialogue and in here, you see what it is that we are affecting.
How it works is that any frequencies that fall in this small, narrow band, will be affected, and we have a lot of presets. Since this is a male voice, let's go ahead and choose the Male Voice DeEsser. And now let's play. - The Seward small boat harbor is filled with charter boats large and small, to take you fishing or sightseeing-- - As it plays, you can make this wider and or narrower.
If you want to hear the before and the after, just bypass the effect. - Hiking trails around Seward are numerous and diverse. Come visit Seward and live an Alaska experience. - There are some effects here that we can change. - Beautiful Alaska coast - We can change the Threshold, again, anything in that band that goes above that Threshold is going to be affected by the DeEsser, then we also have Center Frequency. We can scrub this and you can see how the lines in the display change and we also have a Bandwidth.
This makes the band narrower or wider to affect more or less frequencies. If you changed your settings, and then you find that you didn't like it, you can always go back to one of the presets here, so you can go to the Female DeEsser and then to the Male DeEsser and it goes back to what we had before. The best thing to do is pretty much to start playing. - Has been visited by many - And change the center frequency until the S's are minimized as much as possible.
- If that by itself doesn't work, then start playing around with the Threshold. Give it a higher volume and increase the bandwidth to affect more frequencies. However, very rarely is this needed. You can use a DeEsser for more than just voice. You can control some of the frequencies produced by symbols and snares and even guitars.
- Knowing your tools
- Setting up audio in Premiere Pro
- Adjusting audio levels in the Premiere Pro timeline
- Adding keyframes
- Working with audio transitions
- Using the Limiter and EQ effects
- Healing noise in Audition
- Trimming audio on the go
- Recording and exporting audio