Waves DeEsser
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Waves DeEsser

DeEsser, Software de-esser from Waves.

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Hatsubai 26/06/2011

Waves DeEsser : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Very helpful for radio"
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Sibilance is the number one issue when it comes to recording things like spoken words and talk shows. The big issue is that you have those "shh" and "ess" sounds that really can kill your ears and sound utterly annoying. To combat that, you use a DeEsser. The Waves DeEsser is awesome and very simple to use. You have a simple slider that you adjust to reduce the amount of sibilance in a mix. There are also some small buttons to adjust the slope and how everything functions. To use this, you simply enable it on your vocal buss and start adjusting. I didn't experience any compatibility issues, so I can't comment on that. I never read the manual, but I don't think it's really necessary for these plugins. It's very easy and simple to use, so no issues there.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves plugins have always been some of the most stable plugins I've experienced. They're cross platform compatible, so they'll work with both PCs and Macs. As a Mac user, that's a huge advantage for someone like me. They run in 32 bit mode, but Logic uses a wrapper-like application that runs so you don't interfere with your 64 bit interface. I've tried this on various different buses, and it seems to work on anything with ease. It even works nicely on MIDI, which I found a bit surprising. There are no performance issues at all, and that's a huge plus when working in a DAW filled with all kinds of synths and tracks running tons of plugins. These plugins came with my Mercury package, and I've had that for a few months now.

OVERALL OPINION

This has saved me many times with spoken word mixes. Battling sibilance can be a total pain, but this plug makes it super simple. It's easy to use and easy to get a good result without much fiddling. For anybody who is having issues with vocals, I highly recommend checking this plugin out. It could potentially save your mix.