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FabFilter releases Pro-DS - Intelligent De-esser Plug-in

FabFilter has released FabFilter Pro-DS, an intelligent de-esser plug-in featuring vocal sibilance detection, powerful processing options and metering.

The newly developed Single Vocal algorithm in Pro-DS has an ability to separate sibilance from non-sibilance in individual vocal recordings without the need for complex manual tuning, making the de-esser easy to set up. Alternatively, the classic Allround detection implements a custom side-chain filter path, fine-tuned for de-essing full mixes or high-frequency limiting of any material.

The interface is designed to make it easy to find the right settings quickly with visual feedback. A large real-time level display shows a scrolling input waveform and highlights the parts affected by the de-essing algorithm, showing the user how much processing is going on. Finding the right Threshold setting becomes a trivial task with the circular side-chain input meter around the Threshold knob. In addition, the side-chain filter slider displays a real-time spectrum analyzer, enabling the user to zoom in on problem frequencies. Advanced GPU-powered graphics acceleration is deigned to ensure seamless animation and also keeps the main CPU free to do audio processing.

To fine-tune the sound, FabFilter Pro-DS offers optional look-ahead (up to 15 milliseconds) and adjustable stereo linking. In addition to general wide-band processing, linear-phase split-band processing is also available. Together with optional mid/side processing (affecting only the mono or stereo content) and up to four times linear-phase oversampling, Pro-DS is capable of highly transparent de-essing in the most demanding situations.

Key Features:

  • Highly intelligent 'Single Vocal' detection, and classic 'Allround' detection.
  • Transparent, program-dependent compression/limiting.
  • Adjustable Threshold, Range and High-Pass and Low-Pass side-chain filtering settings.
  • Wide Band or linear-phase Split Band processing.
  • Optional look-ahead time up to 15 ms.
  • Freely adjustable stereo linking.
  • Optional mid-only or side-only processing.
  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling.
  • Real-time de-essing display, clearly showing the affected parts of processed audio.
  • Side-chain input meter, making it easy to choose a good Threshold value.
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer built into the HP/LP filter controller.
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
  • High-quality 64-bit internal processing.
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values.
  • Large and compact interface sizes (with or without the real-time level display).
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces, such as Avid ICON D-Control and D-Command.
  • All the usual FabFilter features you've come to expect: fine-tuned knobs and controllers, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample accurate automation, advanced optimization, and more.

Pricing & Availability

FabFilter Pro-DS is now available for €149 / $189 / £124, supporting both Windows and Mac OS X in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-DS and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available. See www.fabfilter.com/shop.

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase Pro-DS with great discounts by logging in to their online user account: www.fabfilter.com/myaccount.

System requirements for FabFilter Pro-DS are either Windows 7, Vista, XP, SSE-capable processor, and a VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.

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