How to Make a De-Esser in Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live does not come with it’s own dedicated stock de-esser plugin.  However, it does come with something a lot more versatile in it’s multiband dynamics plugin. Here is a quick and easy way to create your own de-esser preset in Ableton Live 9 using the stock multiband dynamics plugin.

  • The first thing you will need to do is add multiband dynamics to the track.
  • Next, you will want to disable the low and the mid frequency bands.  This makes it so that we are only compressing the high frequencies.
  • Next, set the frequency for your high band.  This is going to compress everything above said frequency.  I find 6 or 7 kHz to be a good starting point when it comes to de-essing.
  • Next, adjust the compressor’s attack and set it to 0.1 ms.
  • Next, we will be adjusting the ratio.  Click on the small “A” button in the lower right hand corner and change the ratio from 1:1 to 4:1.
  • Last, adjust the threshold until you have reach the desired amount of compression.

And that  is it!  After this you can save the preset by clicking the little folder in the upper right corner and naming the preset.

All of these settings can be adjusted later to taste.  You will almost always need to adjust the threshold and the frequency.  This is specifically because each voice is different and the necessary amount of de-essing will vary on a track by track basis.

You can download the Ableton Live 9 De-Esser preset here:

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