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The De-Esser tames excessively harsh consonant sounds, referred to as “sibilance”.
A de-esser is a frequency selective compressor which is triggered only by the
offending sibilant frequencies (between about 5-10 kHz). If you’re experiencing
sibilance issues and your vocals sound too dull when lowering the sibilant
frequencies with EQ, try using the De-Esser instead.
• DE-ESS (0-99)
This parameter adjusts the amount of de-essing which will occur, with 0 being
the minimum (no effect) and 99 being the maximum.
To dial in the De-Esser:
1. Sing into the microphone (or use the Sound Check feature, see "Sound Check"
on page 19
) and raise the DE-ESS parameter until the sibilant sounds
become less prominent (make some “ssssss” sounds in the mic to better hear
the affect of the de-esser processing).
2. Fine-tune by ear, ensuring you do not over de-ess, identied by the introduction
of a lisp or an overly dull sounding vocal.