Waves Introduces Sibilance Plugin

Waves Audio has introduced the Sibilance plugin, a transparent vocal de-esser that removes harsh vocal “s” sounds faster than previous systems.

Waves said the sibilance plugin makes vocals sound brighter without harshness. Due to its Organic ReSynthesis engine, Sibilance allows precise identification of unwanted sibilant sounds such as “s” and “sh,” resulting in smooth, glitch-free, effective de-essing that maintains the timbre, duration and natural resonance of the original vocal sound.

Unlike most de-essers, which act like narrow-band compressors, the Waves Sibilance plugin uses Organic ReSynthesis spectral filters to identify undesirable bursts of sibilant energy, then completely separates the nuances of sibilance from the vocal signal, leaving the rest of the signal untouched.

Once applied, Sibilance’s unique method of separating sibilant parts from the raw vocal signal allows for what would otherwise be extreme processing on the vocal track, such as aggressive EQing to drastically brighten a vocal.

With simple yet powerful controls, Sibilance takes only seconds to set up: Insert it on a vocal or voiceover track, and simply set the threshold and range controls to dial in the perfect amount of “s” reduction. It works on tracking, mixing and voiceovers.

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