A New Approach To De-essing

US Eiosis launch the E² Deesser      17/10/07

A New Approach To De-essing

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Eiosis has announced the E² Deesser, the first in the series of Eiosis’ new E² Processors. It will be available in November, 2007.
Eiosis say that the E² Deesser features their patented, exclusive processing structure and algorithm to bring you a new approach to de-essing. They tell us that it allows the independent processing of sibilants inside vocal tracks in an extremely easy to use and efficient manner. Here’s the rest of what they have to say in their own words:
'The E² Deesser is the ultimate de-essing tool for post production, broadcast, cinema, and vocal recordings.
A new approach to de-essing
A de-esser is usually a simplified multi/single band compressor driven by a filtered side chain. With the E² Deesser, the detection process is completely independent from the processing, offering unprecedented flexibility in controlling and adjusting the amount of sibilance in your recording. You may combine wide band reduction with narrow band or low pass sibilant reduction, or even reduce a certain frequency range while boosting the sibilants’ global volume. And there's more: you can add some sparkle to the voiced parts without touching the sibilants…
Powerful sibilant detection
Most de-essers have an absolute detection ratio. Not so with the E² Deesser; it detects sibilants uniformly regardless of the input volume, so you don't have to worry about monitoring the input level while adjusting the detection settings. Like most de-essers, you can freely adjust the E² Deesser’s detection frequency. But unlike most de-essers, you can also adjust the responsiveness of the detection process as well as the reduction ratio, which is extremely useful when balancing between sibilant and voiced processing.
Don't cut your vocal brightness
With a conventional de-esser, you have to lower the compression threshold for more pronounced sibilant reduction, which has the side-effect of reducing the overall brightness in the vocal, rendering it dull. But a good de-esser should cut sibilants without affecting the tonal qualities of the sound. The E² Deesser allows you to reduce the sibilant gain while keeping the voiced parts intact, ensuring that the vocal’s brightness remains untouched.
Be creative with the E² Deesser
The E² Deesser is an extremely versatile tool. You can use it on bass, drums, loops, a solo instrument, or even over an entire mix. You can use it as a dynamic EQ, as a mastering high frequency limiter or as an exciter to sprinkle just a touch of ‘fairy dust’! Its exclusive and patented structure allows an endless amount of creative applications and setup possibilities.
For example, a slap bass track may need a low pass on pulled string notes and a slight presence boost on thumb notes, while a particular mix might benefit from some softening in the higher frequencies, without modifying the overall spectral balance.
The last but certainly not the least…
Perhaps the E² Deesser’s versatility and power can be best demonstrated by this feature: you can set up two identical tracks with the E² Deesser on each, with the same settings, and process the sibilant and the voiced parts completely independently. You just have to activate the ‘Listen’ switches for the sibilant and voiced section for each track.
You can then apply different amounts of equalization to each part, send the sibilants to a different reverb aux bus, and apply different effects to the sibilant and voiced parts. For vocal tracks, you can add some air to the voiced parts with Eiosis' AirEQ Air Band, while independently compressing the sibilant track.
The possibilities are really endless and are presented to you in Easy and Efficient format.'
Pricing and Availability:
Available in November, 2007. More information:

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