Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Reducing sibilance with a de-esser, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Sibilance is a short burst of high-frequency energy where the esses are over emphasized.…This requires a special type of compressor called a De-esser to suppress it.…Here is an example of a song with a fair amount of sibilance that doesn't yet have the De-esser applied.…(music playing)…In order to use a De-esser, do the following, after you've inserted the De-esser, raise…the Threshold Control until the sibilance is decreased, but you can still hear the esses.…
If you can't hear them then you've raised the Threshold too far.…In this case the Threshold is called the Range Control.…(music playing)…Span the available frequencies with the frequency control until you find the exact spot where…it's offensive, then adjust the Threshold Control until the esses sound more natural.…(music playing)…Use the LISTEN feature to determine the exact sibilance frequency.…
When using the LISTEN feature, remember that the audio you are hearing isn't in the signal…path just the slide chain. (music playing)…Don't forget to disengage LISTEN when you found the correct frequencies.…
First, discover how to configure your monitoring setup, optimize your listening environment, and prepare and print alternative mixes that will allow you to make quick fixes during mastering. Bobby then reviews a selection of dedicated mastering tools that give you precise control over select signal parameters, from compressors to de-essers. He'll discuss the differences between mastering for CD, online distribution, and specifically for iTunes, and how to achieve the best results for each medium. The course wraps with lessons on mastering for high-resolution formats like Blu-ray, as well as delivering and archiving the master recording once the project is complete.
- What is mastering?
- Preparing your tracks for mastering
- Deciding between monitors and headphones
- Exploring the dynamic range of different music genres
- Adjusting song balances
- Compressing the tracks
- Balancing frequency
- Reducing sibilance with a de-esser
- Inserting fades
- Eliminating noise
- Mastering CDs, MP3s, and AACs for iTunes
- Archiving masters