In recording voice overs or vocal tracks, every person has distinct and unique characteristics. As you listen carefully to the audio and become more familiar to the talk and on how the words are pronounced, you will notice these characteristics.
All voices (let it be ordinary or a golden sounding one) on-air or over the internet, creates a noise that ruins the quality of the audio. These are the s, t, or z sounds. Recorded audio or shows that have two or more speakers (such as interviews) have more of these noises. As listeners, it annoys us. No matter how good the show can be, the noises will still give us a hard time listening to it.
As for the s, t, and z sounds, these are called the Sibilant sounds or Vocal sibilance as derived from phonetics. These are sometimes dominant in voice recordings and as unique our voice is, this seems to be common in recordings.
Parameters that also affect these would be on the equipment used microphone placements and other technical aspects in audio recording. Luckily with the advancement of technology, De Esser tools and plugins were created to help us treat these.
Putting it into simpler terms, it is the process of reducing, if not removing, those sibilant sounds with some given parameters like with the volume and the frequency of the audio. The De Esser responds to those parameters and help treat or control those unwanted sibilant sounds.
Since this is dominant in voice recordings, then the more that this process will be helpful for interviews and podcasts especially that some of these segments or show take minutes to an hour or so. So how will you let your listeners have a good time and make sure they are not distracted or irritated with the audio they are hearing? You make sure that you don’t give them a hard time in listening to your shows.
Knowing a little bit of the theory will give you a clearer picture on how to use the tool or the plugin. So here are some of those tips that you might find useful
Knowing the basics will get you to places. Eventually if you know how important this process is for your audio, then maybe next time, you won’t release a show without using a De Esser. Thoughts?
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