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.
- [Instructor] A specialized version…of a multiband compressor is called a de-esser.…Like any multiband compressor, a de-esser…is able to focus on specific areas of the frequency range,…in this case the high frequencies,…and apply compression to that range only,…while leaving other frequencies untouched.…Sibilance in a voice is the sound of esses and tees,…and sometimes eff syllables being…over-emphasized in a recording.…
Different voices might have more sibilance,…and different mics might bring out that sibilance as well.…These problematic frequencies range around 5-8 khz…in a female voice, and from 3-6 khz in a male voice.…So, PreSonus Studio One does not have…a stock de-esser plug-in, but I want to show you here…how we can alter the regular multiband dynamics plug-in…to make it into a de-esser.…
So I'm gonna go ahead and insert that…on the lead vocal track, if I click the I button,…I can see the available inserts, right now I have two EQs.…Let me go ahead and add one more insert,…and I'm gonna choose the multiband dynamics.…
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 Studio One.
- Comping takes in Studio One
- 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 Studio One