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Free / donationware de-esser for Mac unit

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:31 pm

I'm a pc / reaper user myself but a friend has been doing a one-off project where he could do with a de-esser to clean things up a touch. He's using the free version of cubase on a mac and, this being a one off, doesn't want to splash any silly money on plug-ins. A nominal fee or donation-ware would be fine.
Anyway, not being a mac user, I was just after a recommendation if anyone has one?
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Re: Free / donationware de-esser for Mac unit

Postby James Perrett » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:21 pm

One solution would be to get him to download Reaper for the Mac and then either use ReaXComp or ReaComp with the sidechain filtering set to the right range.
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Re: Free / donationware de-esser for Mac unit

Postby Matt Houghton » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:19 am

Tokyo Dawn Nova, a dynamic EQ, would be capable of that. There's a free version as well as a paid 'GE' version with more features.

(Presumably this 'lite' version of Cubase includes neither the stock deesser nor the stock multiband compresser? Worth checking...)
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Re: Free / donationware de-esser for Mac unit

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:56 pm

Thanks James, I'm trying not to overwhelm him with too much in the way of technicalities at the moment, XComp doesn't have a side-chain function built in and Comp might be tricky to set up for someone new to this (one of the disadvantages of the reaper plug-ins is that the displays are not always the easiest to understand).

Thanks as well Matt, I'll have a shufti at the TD Nova stuff, but see the above comment about over-whelming some already stretched cranial capacity. :)
Sadly the version of cubase he's on doesn't have either the de-esser or the multiband compressor.
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Re: Free / donationware de-esser for Mac unit

Postby ITHertz » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:07 am

There's an SOS article somewhere all about de-essing. One method I recall is to use phase cancellation (copy the track, invert the second track's phase) to de-ess. A little bit more time-consuming but works fine.

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Re: Free / donationware de-esser for Mac unit

Postby blinddrew » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:54 pm

ITHertz wrote:There's an SOS article somewhere all about de-essing. One method I recall is to use phase cancellation (copy the track, invert the second track's phase) to de-ess. A little bit more time-consuming but works fine.

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Yep, that's generally the method I use at home. I've got reasonably quick at working through a waveform and identifying the culprits but I'm hoping to steer my friend towards a slightly simpler approach given his needs.
He may just have to bite the bullet and learn a bit about audio processing though. I'm sure it won't do him any real harm, in the long run... :)
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