Analog Obsession releases LOADES, a free de-esser VST plugin for macOS and Windows.
Analog Obsession is a developer we have covered multiple times, typically delivering some of the best freeware plugins available.
This new release is LOADES, a simple but powerful de-esser with some interesting features.
The GUI is both simple and well-presented in the usual Analog Obsession style.
It starts with two lovely VU meters for the Reduction Level and Output Level. Getting into the controls starts with the Threshold with a 60dB range.
Next, you have the Release knob with release times of 1ms to 500ms. The Release knob allows you to clamp down quickly or have more relaxed processing.
Either side of the Release knob is two buttons, Band and Soft. The Band button will switch the de-esser to band type rather than shelf. Similar features are found on paid de-essers like the DE555 from McDSP, so that’s a nice touch if you want to make broader adjustments.
The Soft button will make the de-esser even more transparent with smoother processing. One of the things that you’d expect from an Analog Obsession de-esser of this type is that it’s silky-smooth even when working hard.
There’s a Dry/Wet Mix before finishing up with Input, Output, and a plugin on/off switch.
Another thing that you get from LOADES, which is typical of Analog Obsession plugins, is very low CPU usage.
When you think of the most common use cases for a de-esser, you’re doing things like attenuating vocal sibilance, taming harsh highs, or warming up an entire mix. Many de-essers do a great job, but some are expensive, and some have needlessly convoluted GUIs. If you want a simple de-esser that’s very smooth and does those things very well with little fuss or fanfare, give LOADES a try.
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As I said, we have covered a few already, and if you haven’t checked them out yet, have a look at dBComp, PREDD, and Room041.
LOADES is available in VST, VST3, and AU formats for macOS (10.9 – 11.X) and Windows (7 – 8 – 10).
interesting tho that there is no way to set the frequency it’s deessing, or at least have a couple of fixed frequencies for this?
am i missing something? is this not needed?
It has a set frequency range that becomes wider when there is more reduction. The reduction starts from around 2k with the “peak” of the reduction being at 16.3k (this is when you max out the threshold on a loud signal). When you are only using a small amount of reduction the the band is not that wide though. When it is reducing -4dB @ 16.3k the reduction starts at 6.9k. The “band” button is supposed to change the shape of the reduction curve from a shelf to a peak band, but I think there is a bug because it does nothing as it is right now. “Soft” is probably just a kind of lower ratio control or a -6dB control for the detector circuit. From what I can see, it only decreases the amount of reduction when activated.
Worth noting that LOADES is essentially the de-esser part of LOADED channel strip plugin.
I remember that on the article of BPB on the LOADED channel strip the De-Esser wasn’t really that praised