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Author Topic: decent/cheap digital de-esser?  (Read 919 times)

springman

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decent/cheap digital de-esser?
« on: December 27, 2004, 12:11:37 pm »

Anyone have any recommendations for an under $1500 box that does a reasonable job of removing sibilance in the digital domain?  I'm not  looking for programs/software, I want hardware.  thanks-
Eric Kilburn
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Re: decent/cheap digital de-esser?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2004, 12:34:40 pm »

dbx Quantum. Got mine on Ebay. It was a Quantum that I upgraded the sofware to a Quantum II status for free online at the dbx site.
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Re: decent/cheap digital de-esser?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2004, 12:37:53 pm »

Same here. I use the MB for de-essing: xover at 5kHz, ratio 5:1, pull threshold back as needed, auto release, stir to taste...
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Brad Blackwood
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Re: decent/cheap digital de-esser?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2004, 01:16:38 pm »

I suppose the Finalizer can be used as well for this purpose.
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Tom Volpicelli
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Re: decent/cheap digital de-esser?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2004, 02:47:41 am »

You might even be able to find a t.c. M5000 with MD2 in that price range and get a bunch of other great things besides frequency selective dynamics to play with. With MD2 you can disable the top and bottom band and just use the mid band, zeroed in wherrever you like - basically the same as a de-esser. Any old multiband mastering processor can be adapted in some way, though with many (like finalizer) you can't actually disable the extra bands, but can adjust thresholds so that they aren't in gain reduction.
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