I usually don’t like plugins with fancy UI that don’t let you see what they actually do, but I found this MM Tone Shaper quite handy when you want quick dynamics/multiband correction without spending too much time.
I have used Waves Tune Lite for a long time and always wanted to upgrade to the full version, mainly because the Lite doesn’t let you split notes besides its own initial splitting. I did take advantage of this Vocal bundle discounted price and got it from there.
Ok. I don’t know ANYTHING about the mechanics of the algorithms in compressors. I honestly don’t understand how its even possible for a de-esser to sound different than another de-esser. Why can I not take a Fab Filter MB, a Waves C6, A Waves R-desser, a Waves DPR 402, a UAD SSL E Channel, and a Slate E2 and make them sound exactly the same. Can someone please explain how this is not anything but an entirely workflow related factor?
I simply put the plugins on a channel in a mix I’ve been playing with. And yes, that is really what my test was, workflow. How quickly could I dial in something I thought sounded decent? As you said, you should be able to tame the sibilance with any number of tools. And with familiarity, you could do it quicker. Hence the disclaimer at the end of my “test”.
Quick tip: I make heavy use of the soloing feature one some De-Essers. The one that lets you listen to just the S and the T sibilance. When I first listen I say ‘What frequency is annoying me’? I adjust the DS, solo the sibilance, and say ‘Ok…now and I hearing that frequency that was just bothering me a second ago’.
Another tip, since you mentioned workflow if you already have a channel strip like a Waves SSL or a multi band compressor like a C6 already loaded on your vocal strip, many of these have functions that do the exact same thing since the de-esser is really a multi band EQ. When I hear a track that needs de-essing, its not uncommon for me to grab a compressor (Like a Waves DPR 402 or a UAD voxbox) that HAS a de-essing feature built in knowing that I’ll probably use it.
I often use Nova, the (free) but excellent dynamic eq. I guess that does more or less the same thing as a multiband comp? I often have that on the vocal channel anyway, because you can quickly chose between simple e.q. and dynamic eq. Do other people use dynamic eq’s like Nova?