Frankfurt, Germany (March 22, 2012)—Pro audio plug-in company Plugin Alliance has released German audio processor designer/manufacturer SPL's latest plug-in bundle, the De-Esser Collection.
The De-Esser Collection comprises two Analog Code plug-ins, which emulate SPL's De-Esser, an audio tool for "removing undesirable sibilant frequencies in a very simple and musical way, without compromising the timbre and natural character of a voice." Whereas traditional de-essers use compression techniques, SPL's Auto Dynamic De-Esser reportedly monitors the entire frequency spectrum and automatically detects the sibilant frequencies; the bandwidth is set so narrowly around the range of the sibilance that neighboring frequencies remain unaffected.
While the classic SPL De-Esser is available immediately, Plugin Alliance is currently applying the finishing touches to the SPL Dual-Band De-Esser, ready to add it to the installer as a free upgrade to all existing users by April 1. There are some subtle but audible sonic differences between these two De-Essers, which is why Plugin Alliance decided to model both. For mastering purposes, Plugin Alliance has added an M/S mode (not found in the original hardware) allowing users to de-ess a full mix, yet keep the high-frequency content of cymbals, guitars or keyboards "virtually untouched."