Trying to get by without a great de-esser? This can be problematic – especially with the incredible necessity to de-ess almost every vocal in a mix because of compression that happens in mixing and mastering.
So what do you do if you need to de-ess your tracks, but don’t want to spend the money on a good de-esser plug-in?
The truth is that many DAWs come with a decent plug-in that does exactly this. But some of them lack a certain amount of control – for example – most will not allow you to de-ess multiple frequency bands. So how do you get around this? By building your own, of course!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to program your own software to do it – you can use the plug-ins you’ve got to do it all inside your DAW.
“In the following steps, I’m going to walk you through creating a simple de-esser using a compressor, a side-chain and a little routing. Since these steps are fairly simple and don’t especially belong to Logic in a sense, this same technique can be used in any DAW. Creating a simple de-esser like this can be a real life saver when the time comes to mix your track.” -audio.tutsplus.com
This article gives you a step-by-step approach to creating your own ultra-flexible de-essers. Try it out! Even if you’ve got a good de-esser plug-in, it’s great to know how it works!