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Seems like all I do anymore is worry about sibilance, which is pronounced S, CH and T sounds in recording.

I’ve been trying to listen to the tracks on my album on different systems, and on headphones there are often sibilance issues. I’m trying to figure out whether this is just because headphones suck and are all high-end or if it’s a mix issue and I need to go back and obsess on all the sibilance a bit more.

It occurs to me as I spend hours doing this sort of stuff and not enjoying it at all that it’s like the exact opposite of writing and playing music. Ho hum.

Posted on - August 19, 2003 [at] 12:56 pm by Brad
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haumovie on Sibilance
August 20, 2003 at 9:15 am

Gotta love that eq. In my experience, it’s usually too late to worry about sibilance after the recording.Mic placement is usually the best thing to take care of it. Just my experience. Sorry that you have to be subjected to this obsession. I feel for you.

Brad on Sibilance
August 21, 2003 at 12:49 am

Well, a deEsser seems to have fixed up most of it, though it definitely would be preferable to mic better.

At some point I also started using a tube distortion plugin and that seemed to worsen the sibilance. And while I only occasionally noticed it on my monitors, on cheap headphones at high volume, some of the sibilance was actually painful. Live and learn.

Don on Sibilance
January 13, 2005 at 1:28 pm

I’m having the same problem with my recordings.
But I’m approching the problem with a more Hi-tech solution. I took a recording class at a local JC and learned that by using a EQ and Compressor/Limiter you can sidechain the EQ into the Comp/Limtr and adjust the EQ at the point where the sibilance is. this trigers the Comp/limter to notch out the sibilance. What do you think about this?

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