Clarity Anti-Ess - an EQ, NOT a de-esser, but powered by one (Selig De-Esser)

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guitfnky
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Post 10 Nov 2021

if you've ever needed to add a bit of high end to a vocal track to get it to sit right in a dense mix, you've probably also noticed it can create a new problem--excessive sibilance. then you've got to mess around with a de-esser, often having to automate settings because it doesn't always do what you want, or worse, spend time tediously automating the volume of the sibilance in your track manually.

Clarity Anti-Ess is essentially a Channel EQ that has independent amounts of boost for the main signal and the sibilant signal. so if you need to boost the vocal by 8 db at 4khz, without the sibilance poking icepicks through your eardrums, you can do that with the Clarity Anti-Ess combinator.

here's a quick walkthrough showing how it works:


of course this doesn't negate the need for de-essing in all cases--if your vocal is excessively sibilant to begin with, you'll still want to de-ess. Clarity Anti-Ess is really just meant to prevent you from creating a problem that's not already there, or from making it worse, if it is. you'll have better results even with a de-esser if you're not making the sibilance worse in the first place.

Clarity Anti-Ess requires two third-party Rack Extensions:
- Selig De-Esser (this one is paid, but well worth it)
- DLD Technology CV Meter (free)

here's the combi:


Selig De-Esser can be purchased here: https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack ... g-deesser/

DLD Technology CV Meter can be obtained here: https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack ... /cv-meter/
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Ottostrom
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Post 10 Nov 2021

What a neat concept! I recorded some vocals today which I'm still mixing so I'll try it on them later :thumbs_up:
Thanks for sharing :) Btw it says the video is unavailable

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Post 10 Nov 2021

Ottostrom wrote:
10 Nov 2021
What a neat concept! I recorded some vocals today which I'm still mixing so I'll try it on them later :thumbs_up:
Thanks for sharing :) Btw it says the video is unavailable
whoops, thanks for letting me know! I accidentally had it scheduled for tomorrow instead of today. 🤦‍♂️ let me know how it works out for you!
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Ottostrom
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Post 10 Nov 2021

Dude this combi is great :clap: Really helped my vocals cut through the mix but kept the sibilance smooth.
Definitely gonna start using this in future projects

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Post 10 Nov 2021

Thanks for sharing!
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guitfnky
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Post 10 Nov 2021

Ottostrom wrote:
10 Nov 2021
Dude this combi is great :clap: Really helped my vocals cut through the mix but kept the sibilance smooth.
Definitely gonna start using this in future projects
that’s awesome! so glad you’re finding it useful! 😃
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Post 12 Nov 2021

Glad to see folks enjoying the DeEsser as designed… :)
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