Saturday, July 21, 2012

De-essing part 2: Get a hardware de-esser

Conceptually this is not a good solution but it might be worthwhile. What about buying an actual hardware de-esser and plugging it between the source and the output? As far as I have seen, there is no reason for this not to work. Take for instance the DBX 263x de-esser. I have not tested this, but as I see it, you could purchase a pair of these (one for each channel) and plug the output from the pre out jack on your amplifier and sending back the signal from the de-esser to the amplifier through the main in jack. Of course, you would need to have an amplifier that has such jacks or similar. The setup stays analog all throughout. The DBX has no on/off switch but consumes very little wattage and if you're lucky you might get a pair of these at eBay under $100. The biggest downside to them is that they might look out of place on your system as they are unattractive in appearance.

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