What is de-ess level and output?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jeffrey A-Bomb, Feb 13, 2002.

  1. Jeffrey A-Bomb

    Jeffrey A-Bomb Drink Coffee & Destroy Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
    So anyways, I purchased this 80's looking used dod rackmount compressor at guitar center recently for $50 and it actually works quite well. I'm just curious what the de-ess knobs do..? It's the first time I've seen this on a compressor and it can be combined with the compression (and with a sidechain). The model on the compressor is R-825 and any info is appreciated ;) My guess is that it's something to do with recording analog, but I could be wrong.. It actually sounds best with de-ess level and output being maxxed on my amp setup. Thanks.
  2. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    De-essers are used for vocals. They make sssss-sounds softer. As far as I know de-esser, compressor and noise-gate are the 'standard features' of studio preamps.