Amsterdam, The Netherlands (October 5, 2012)—FabFilter recently announced the release of the FabFilter Pro-DS, a brand new addition to its line of professional effect plug-ins.
Described by the company as a "highly intelligent" de-esser plug-in, it features vocal sibilance detection, processing options and metering. The newly developed Single Vocal algorithm in Pro-DS reportedly has the ability to separate sibilance from non-sibilance in individual vocal recordings. Meanwhile, the classic Allround detection implements a custom side-chain filter path for de-essing full mixes or high-frequency limiting of any material.
The interface in FabFilter Pro-DS provides visual feedback. A large real-time level display shows a scrolling input waveform and highlights the parts affected by the de-essing algorithm, showing exactly how much processing is going on. Finding the right Threshold setting is aided by a circular side-chain input meter around the Threshold knob. In addition, the side-chain filter slider displays a real-time spectrum analyzer, enabling users to zoom in on problem frequencies. Advanced GPU-powered graphics acceleration provides animation and also keeps the main CPU free to do audio processing.
To fine-tune the sound, FabFilter Pro-DS offers optional look-ahead (up to 15 milliseconds) and adjustable stereo linking. In addition to general wide-band processing, linear-phase split-band processing is also available. There's also optional mid/side processing (affecting only the mono or stereo content) and up to four times linear-phase oversampling.
System requirements for FabFilter Pro-DS are either Windows 7, Vista, XP, SSE-capable processor, and a VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.7, 10.6 or 10.5 with Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.