XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS DeeS, an easy-to-use de-esser plug-in for rapidly ridding voice recordings of all sibilant-related defects while powerfully preserving precious characteristics to produce perfect-sounding results.

Sibilance — a manner of articulation of fricative consonants (made by the friction of breath in a narrow opening, producing a turbulent airflow) and affricate consonants (combining a plosive with an immediately following fricative or spirant — continuous expulsion of breath — sharing the same place of articulation) — has been the bane of faithfully capturing the emotive human voice since serious recording began.

Excess sibilance can be caused by compression, microphone choice and technique, or simply a vocalist’s mouth. All are different, after all. Generally speaking, sibilance lies anywhere between 2-10kHz, depending on the individual in question. Questionable, however, are the almost inevitable audio artefacts resulting from de-essing — any (often overly-tortuous) technique intended to reduce or eliminate excessive prominence of such sibilant consonants, like z, and sh, for example. This is where XILS DeeS comes into play.

The first in a new plug-in product line designed to provide phenomenal production possibilities, XILS DeeS does exactly that by being extremely easy to use: Simply tweak the DETECTION FREQ. knob and apply REDUCTION as needed. DETECTION can be applied quickly, combining with proprietary PLOSIVE detection to result in lively, natural voices. Getting clean, professional vocals, dubbing recordings, or restoring previously recorded voices to their natural glory has never been so easy or speedy.

With its clearly labelled dual signal path with SOLO buttons as well as associated sound sculpting controls for each channel, VOICE EQ (color coded in green) and SIBILANT EQ (color coded in orange), XILS DeeS is as easy to understand as it is to use. Users can equally easily visualize what exactly it is that they are doing thanks to a realtime graph showing four frequency bands sharing that same color coding for instant correlation between eyes, ears, and brain.

Unlike traditional de-essing tools, XILS DeeS does not result in unwanted, unnatural-sounding filter sweeping effects, yet users can get truly creative with almost endless possibilities for altering, adapting, or applying polish to the character of voices with those two independent EQ’ing paths (with analogue-style, zero-delay feedback filters). Why stick solely to working with vocals? Why not use XILS DeeS to transform drum sounds (by EQ’ing hi-hats or cymbals, for example) or even slap bass (by EQ’ing the more metallic-sounding element of such sounds)?

So, whether you want to bring back the emotional quality to vocals you’ll never be able to record again, clean up your own voice recordings for a blog or a corporate video, ensure your customers of flawless dubbing technique, turn an amateur into a seasoned speaker, or adapt a voice into a specific sonic or musical context, XILS DeeS provides professional results.

On the Mac, XILS DeeS requires OS X 10.5.0 or later and can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit-compatible AAX, AU, RTAS, and VST effects plug-in.

XILS DeeS is available to purchase as a straightforward serial number-protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of €59.00 (rising to €89.00 on 1 September 2014) from the XILS-lab web store.