The XT-DS De-Esser is Harrison’s transparent, powerful plugin for taming excessive sibilance of vocal tracks.
Input Meter, Threshold, and Ess meter:
The “Threshold” slider for the effect is overlaid on the input (“In”) meter.
Lowering the threshold will increase the sensitivity of the de-esser effect.
The “Ess” meter indicates the signal level inside the ess band. If the frequency band is set correctly for the source material, then this meter will peak when Essy material is present.
Ess Freq and Ess Depth Control:
This section allows you to pick the low frequency cutoff (200 Hz – 8kHz) for the Ess, and the max attenuation for the signal (-12dB – 0dB).
Hi Freq and Hi Depth Control:
This section features a shelving unit to tame some of the higher frequency (2 kHz – 12 kHz) content after you’ve pulled out the ‘Ess’. Max attenuation for the shelf is -12dB.
Ess Center and Ess Width Control:
The ‘Ess Center’ control allows you to adjust both the Ess Freq and Hi Freq controls together allowing you move the entire Ess Band in unison. The ‘Ess Width’ control allows you to control how wide or narrow the Ess bandwidth is.
The ‘Attack’ knob controls how long it takes the signal to get to from zero to full attenuation. (200μs – 20ms)