Re: De-essing methods.Thoughts.
sorry for the tardy response, Ive just moved house!
To Pala - yes, I think getting the best sound you can at source is the best foot forward. There are always things you can tweak at a later date but unless you know what you can and can't get away with, you're opening yourself up for a whole lot of trouble!
OK, for the whole bussing thing.
1. On track 1 you have recorded some.
2. They are overly sibilant so one way to treat this would be to send the vocals to a bus (bus 1 for example).
3. Adjust the send effect level to Unity (0 on the send level - where the dial will look as though it's pointing to 2 O'Clock). This will send your vocals to Bus 1 and Bus 1 is in turn outputting to the main outputs 1-2.
4. Now, in your mixer, if you select the channel Bus 1, you can insert EQs, compressors, De-essers.... whatever you fancy really but the idea is to remove as much of the sibilant frequencies as possible.
5. Sibilant frequencies such as sss's and shhhh's reside in the 4-7kHz range depending if you are male or female.
6. Solo the bus channel and try heavily EQ'ing in this area. The aim will be not to make the soloed vocals sound good, just minus all of the irritating sibilant sounds.
7. High Pass filtering is also a good idea here too because the aim is to layer the modified vocals with the original vocals and you won't want to double up the bass frequencies because it will change the balance of the vocals.
8. Insert a compressor after the EQ on Bus 1 and heavily squash the vocals to bring up the average level. Look at around 6db of gain reduction to begin with and tweak to taste.
9. Then you can adjust the volume fader on Bus 1 to get a good balance between the vocals being outputted on Track 1 and what is coming from Bus 1.
Hope that makes sense!