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Analog or digital De-Esser?
      #442390 - 03/04/07 08:19 AM

i'm using a SPL DE-ESSER 9629 for vocalrecordings. This 19" device is from 1997. I always read about the latest VST De-Esser and wondering which is better.

Is my device still worth to use or are those new digital VST De-Esser better nowadays ?

An advises?

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Re: Analog or digital De-Esser? new [Re: Man-At-Arms]
      #442426 - 03/04/07 09:26 AM
Is this the only outboard processing to be performed on the vocal track? If so, it might be an idea to go for a VST plugin - the Waves renaissance De-Esser is pretty special, for example.

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Re: Analog or digital De-Esser? new [Re: Man-At-Arms]
      #442673 - 03/04/07 07:09 PM
I would (and do) use an outboard de-esser over a plug in any day of the week. I've tried a few plug ins and have yet to find one which really works. De-essing is (overwhelmingly IMO) a job for physical knob-twiddling, not messing about with a mouse, while you sweep for the relevant frequency.

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Re: Analog or digital De-Esser? new [Re: Man-At-Arms]
      #443111 - 04/04/07 02:54 PM
I agree with Steve here. I have an old DBX analog rack-mounted de-esser (the model number escapes me at the moment) that sounds *much* better than anything I have found in the plugin world. (I have several: Waves RenDesser, Spitfish, SPL, etc.)

I try to fix the problem at the source first with mic and mic positioning, and watch over-compression with sibilant vocalists. But if all else fails, or I really want to use a certain mic for its overall tone yet still get sibilance with certain singers, than it is the DBX to the rescue.

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