After the successful release of DS1-MK3, Softube in collaboration with Weiss Engineering release Softube Weiss Deess plugin, which is another module under the Weiss collaboration umbrella. The plugin is available as an individual plug-in or as part of the Weiss DS1-MK3 collection. Sibilance and harshness taming could be a challenging tax while mixing and mastering. A highly effective de-esser is a very essential tool to have handy, whether you’re trying to reduce the sibilance in a lead vocal, rein in a piercing hi-hat sound, or generally reduce harshness while mastering. Hence Softube took the great step of bringing us the best deessing algorithm from the original DS1-MK3 unit to us in plugin format.
Notable features highlight:
-Most de-essers are single band processors, but almost no sibilant audio has a single-frequency focus, especially when you’re dealing with complex material or mastering applications. This is why the Weiss Deess plugin has two completely independent bands. Here’s what Daniel Weiss, Founder of Weiss Engineering who produces the original units has to say about it :
“The plugin has the same golden sound as the original hardware, with an intuitive interface, making it the best deessing experience ever.”
-It has a variety of filter shapes and excellent band-width control, allowing you to home in on precisely what you need to deal with, without collateral damage.
-A nicely outlaid UI with pragmatic visualizations. A large, colorful, and intuitive display which shows FFT readouts as well as your filter shapes, so you can clearly see what effect you’re having on your signal. Maor Appelbaum, Mastering Engineer (Faith No More, Yes, William Shatner, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Rob Halford and Sepultura), has this to say about this point :
“The various parameters and an easy on the eye interface are the key elements in this plug in. Quickly it can work its magic without having to go in detailed menus.”
-Though its uncluttered GUI focuses on giving great visual information, but an additional side-menu allows more detailed control over everything. This means everything like; ratios, attack and release times, knee settings, make-up gain and more.
-With its low-latency mode, you can de-ess while tracking, thereby saving the time that would be wasted fixing it in the mix, which can often feel like a non-creative editing task. Nothing beats getting right recording on the way in.
-Finally, the plugin always deliver. The Weiss algorithms, code-ported from the gold-standard DS1-MK3 unit, provide the best sounding de-essing in the world. It does the job effectively and transparently, without hassle or artefact. Your work will sound better if you use this than it will if you don’t. That’s the simple fact.
Official webpape : Weiss Deess
Also check out the DS1-MK3 mastering plugin also by Softube and Weiss.