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De-Essers from SPL includes two slightly different de-essers, a classic and a dual band version. There are some small but audible sonic differences between the two. What is not different is the processing, which does differ from other de-esser processors. The latter compress the audio around a specified center frequency which is often set quite wide to clamp down on the sibilance. While this simple to implement, it does cause nasty artifacts to creep in quite early with increased processing.
The SPL De-Esser works on the principle of phase cancellation with automatic sibilance detection, which allows processing to be limited only to the range where sibilant sounds are present. The bandwidth is set narrowly around the range of the sibilance so that neighboring frequencies remain unaffected. This frequency band is then mixed back into the main signal phase-inverted to cancel out the sibilance, leaving the original signal virtually untouched.
For mastering purposes an M/S mode has been added for processing a full mix, allowing for the high frequencies of cymbals, guitars or keyboards to remain nearly untouched. Additionally, internal code supports mouse wheel control for the rotary controls. Place the mouse cursor over a control and move the scroll wheel to adjust the setting.
De-esser plug-in that uses very narrow bandwidth phase inversion process for artifact free de-essing
Auto-Threshold automatically compensates for differences in the input level caused by the singer moving in relation to the microphone
Male/Female modes adjust settings for the different vocal characteristics of male or female voices, rather than looking for sibilance in a wide general region of the spectrum
Single control operation for ease of use
Support of mouse wheel control for adjusting rotary controls - place cursor over a control and move the scroll wheel to adjust the setting
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Mac OS X Intel CPU only (2 GHz or higher recommended) OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher 2 GB RAM Display resolution of 1440 x 900, 1280 x 960 or higher Audio Units, AAX Native, RTAS, VST2.4, VST3 compatible host (Pro Tools 9.0 or higher)
PC Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher with at least 2 GHz processor recommended) Windows XP or higher 2 GB RAM Display resolution of 1440 x 900, 1280 x 960 or higher AAX Native, RTAS, VST2.4, VST3 compatible host (Pro Tools 9.0 or higher)
SPL De-Essers - Classic and Dual-Band De-Esser Plug-Ins (Download) Review