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Provoc Grader VX

Compressor Plugin by Mildon
Provoc Grader VX
Provoc Grader VX by Mildon is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
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Provoc Grader VX is a vocal compressor built to be fast and precise. What's unique about Grader VX is that you can choose to apply compression to a range of frequencies and leave the rest of the spectrum untouched. This feature is best used on signals with high dynamic range (such as vocals), where you may want to preserve a lot of natural dynamics and still achieve a steady overall volume.

Grader VX is not limited to vocals. When 'Resonance' is set to max (10), Grader functions as a normal compressor and can be used on a wide variety of instruments.

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12 March 2018 at 12:17pm

"you can choose to apply compression to a range of frequencies and leave the rest of the spectrum untouched"

Then it can also be used as de-esser ?


12 March 2018 at 5:26pm

It could be used to supress sibilants. However, it's not designed to be a replacement for a full de-esser. I tried it with an experimental build just now, with the minimum attack/release set between 1ms to 5ms, the effect is quite subtle. But you can easily tame general sibilance (e.g. due to mic saturation) with Grader.

13 March 2018 at 12:56am

Thank you Mildon.

The de-essers are among the most difficult tools to tweak accurately to reach a good result without loosing a bit on the general quality. And I think like you that Provoc Grader is certainly more generalist than a true de-esser then of course not as efficient as a true de-esser (and it's not either the same price, ha ha!) but yes it is probably a nice solution to tame general sibilances between a poor mic and an input stage... and in fact I was on another idea which was to enhance perhaps the quality of old vintage records without loosing the "ancient" taste of the voices. On the oldest videos and LPs of live performances of "cabaret" artists like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, for instance, where there are always many sibilants due to the technical conditions of these old years, Provoc Grader could probably "refresh" the general quality of the voices in these very old records (and incidentally remove also a good number of cracks), resulting in a much better audio comfort... and perhaps to re-record them to use them as original "vintage samples", sort of winks in new tracks a bit jazzy.



13 March 2018 at 3:19am

Yes, you are correct, and that use-case would be nice to try. Grader is not a de-esser. Another use for Grader this is to treat harsh harmonics produced by the singer. Those times when the overall performance is good but gets too nasal or shrill at times. Sometimes a bass guitar would also do this, when a certain note would jump out and rumble. =)

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