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Advanced DeEssing Techniques

Randy Coppinger wrote to me a few days ago because he was working on a DeEssing Technique article. I have a few alternate techniques to share.

I have a pretty good ear for sibilance but I don’t tend to use DeEssing much in my mixes. Maybe I’ve just been lucky lately and my clients know how to pick a good mic for vocals. I DeEss reverbs more often than lead vocals actually. There are a ton of ways to tackle this problem, so here are my top 4 ways to DeEss without using a DeEsser.

Source Audio

For all the examples I’ve used the same source. My friend Jordan’s demo of the MXL V67G with RK47 capsule upgrade. The capsule upgrade was a remarkable improvement but still quite sibilant on his voice.

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Databending images with text editor

Databending is taking a digital format and manipulating it with tools designed for other formats. For example, images hacked in a text editor, images edited with audio processors, etc. There are many ways to go about this and I’m just getting my feet wet with the concept. Today I played around with editing an image in a text editor.

The first step was to convert the .jpg to the uncompressed .bmp format (TIFF and RAW will also work). I did this with Skitch but any image editor can do it. You want to use an uncompressed format because there is more data to work with and they’re less fragile.

Here’s the original image (resized for the web)

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