Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a de-esser, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Sibilance is a short burst of high-frequency energy where the esses of the vocal are overemphasized.…This can come from a combination of mic technique by the vocalist,…the type of mic used, and heavy compression on the vocal track in mix bus.…Sibilance is generally felt to be highly undesirable, so a special type of compressor is used to suppress it called a de-esser.…Most de-essers have two main controls, threshold and frequency, which are used to compress…only a very narrow band of frequencies anywhere between 3k and 10k to eliminate Sibilance.…
Modern software de-essers are much more sophisticated, but the bulk of the setup still revolves around those two parameters.…One frequently used additional feature is a listen button that allows you to show only…the frequencies that are being compressed which can be helpful in finding the exact…brand of offending frequencies. While vocals are the usual recipient of de-essing,…sometimes the de-esser might be used to control an excessive high frequency from other instruments.…
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