dred2009 wrote:I would like to know:
Where do I download a good free de-esser;
if a de-esser plugin is necessary for mixing vocals;
if it's possible to remove the sibilance with just an EQ;
and what's the difference between a de-esser and an EQ.
Thank you all in advance.
There are no good free de-essers. Most de-essers that come in DAW's aren't that good. Most de-esser's actually aren't that good for vocals.
A de-esser is not necessary for mixing vocals, it's more the lazy way to do it.
Some of these guys have some good ways to use de-essers creatively for other things, which is quite frankly what they seem better for.
The best way to de-ess is simply to edit the waveform, and do sharp narrow q drops in volume on the waveform during sibilant moments. This is a more transparent way to do it.
If you stack vocals it is a bit painstaking, but if you don't, then it's really the only way to do it.
One of the better de-essers I found was the Massey De-Esser.