In recording voice-overs or vocal tracks, every person's voice has distinct and unique characteristics. As you listen carefully to the audio and become more familiar with how the words are pronounced, you will notice these characteristics.
All voices on-air or over the Internet, can create a noise that can ruin 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. For listeners, it can be annoying. No matter how good the show can be, the noises will still give listeners a terrible listening experience..
As for the s, t, and z sounds, these are called the Sibilant sounds or Vocal sibilance as derived from phonetics. They are common and dominant in voice recordings.
Other parameters that can also affect sound quality include equipment used, microphone placements, and other technical aspects in audio recording. Luckily, advancements in technology has provided us with De Esser tools and plugins so annoying noises can be eradicated.
In essence, de essing is the process of minimizing (if not removing), those sibilant sounds with some given parameters like the volume and the frequency of the audio. The De Esser responds to those parameters and helps treat or control those unwanted sibilant sounds.
Since sibilant sounds are dominant in voice recordings, then the process is deemed all the more helpful for interviews and podcasts. So how do you provide your listeners with an extraordinary listening experience? Make sure your podcast has impeccable audio quality.
For those who are not familiar when it comes to how the tool or plugin should be used, the following tips can come in very handy:
Taking into account what a De Esser can do, it would be unwise to release a show without using one. Thoughts?
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