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ESSENCE

WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL DE-ESSER

DMGAudio Essence

Lose the noise, keep the Essence

Essence is the most powerful and transparent De-Esser in the world. It's much more than just a vocal de-esser; it's a flexible sub-band processor that can reach in and invisibly control any element in a mix. For the first time in audio software history, Essence provides the power to de-ess a full mix with all of the adaptability and subtlety of hardware.

Mastering Engineers just found a new secret weapon. Don't let the low price fool you - click here to download the demo.

  • The current state of the art in de-essing, Essence is another stunning plugin from a developer who can seemingly do no wrong. 10/10. CM EditorsCM PerformanceCM Innovation

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Overview

  • The most powerful De-Esser money can buy.
  • Psychoacoustically optimised to surgically and invisibly control sibilance.
  • Quick, simple, ergonomic interface.
  • Mastering presets by Bob Katz
  • Configurable from zero-latency, ultra-low CPU for post work to Linear Phase, oversampled ultra-high resolution for Mastering.
  • Dual-release Peak/RMS-based time detector for invisible operation.
  • Analogue-modelled single-release time detector for classic De-Esser behaviour.
  • Three-band sidechain EQ, and massively configurable Split EQ.
  • Per-channel or ganged control.
  • M/S and L/R processing
  • Large, intuitive time-plot.
  • Windows VST, VST3 and AAX as 32+64bit, RTAS 32bit
  • Mac VST, VST3, AU and AAX as 32+64bit, RTAS 32bit

Sound

  • Linear Phase crossover (Split) EQ
  • Zero-latency minimum phase mode, with Linkwitz-Riley crossovers.
  • Lookahead, dual release times, release hold, sophisticated GR smoothing options.
  • Oversampling mode to eliminate intermodulation distortions.
  • Full mixer section, with support for parallel processing.
  • Output balance for fine-tuning.
  • Upward expansion option.
  • Threshold, Ratio, Soft-knee and Gain-Reduction ceiling.
  • Variable Stereo linkage.
  • Complete set of Listen options for monitoring, including signal difference (output-input).
  • Automatic detection of sibilance/fricatives in solo voice.

Vision

  • Simple three-control interface.
  • Advanced section for precision control.
  • Spectrum analyser for locating sibilance.
  • Time-plot to highlight processed sibilances.
  • Freely-resizable UI.
  • Mac Retina support.
  • 8 A/B banks.
  • Intelligent Undo/Redo.
  • Ergonomic channel linkage system.
  • Autolisten for configuring filters.

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • 32bit or 64bit
  • ProTools 7 or newer.
  • A host that supports VST or VST3, such as:
    • Steinberg Cubase
    • Steinberg Nuendo
    • Steinberg Wavelab
    • Sony ACID Pro
    • Ableton Live
    • Cockos Reaper
    • Magix Sequoia
    • Magix Samplitude
    • AudioMulch

Mac OS System Requirements

  • OS X 10.5 or newer, including Sierra (10.12)
  • Intel Mac
  • ProTools 7 or newer.
  • A host that supports VST, AU or VST3, such as:
    • Apple Logic (32bit or 64bit)
    • Apple Garageband
    • Steinberg Cubase
    • Steinberg Nuendo
    • Ableton Live

Specifically not supported (might work, but I can't test/support these platforms): Windows 95/98, OS X 10.0,10.1,10.2,10.3,10.4

1.03 -> 1.04

  • Fix 32bit Carbon UIs on OSX
  • Improve UI styling
  • Remove GR meter glitch on restart
  • Fix Listen to Split band with Oversampling engaged
  • Pref to show Listen buttons for Pass/Diff
  • Pref to select Split/Pass/Diff as autolisten signal

1.02 -> 1.03

  • Update AU validation.
  • Allow all AUs to use Cocoa UIs on 32bit mac.
  • Improve speed of session recall for AUs.
  • Fix mousewheel on 2nd screens.
  • Show Knee on time series graph.
  • Pulse-stretch Release LEDs.
  • Optimise smoothing circuit.
  • Use OpenGL on more platforms.
  • Update OpenGL implementation.
  • Clicking About correctly opens Setup window.
  • Fix bug that froze graph on preset change.
  • Allow disabling of OpenGL via pref - requires session reload.
  • Fix bug that caused pointer to become hidden.
  • Improve UI resize handling.

1.01 -> 1.02

  • Fix bug with AAX automation whereby discrete parameters could jump.
  • Fix bug with mousewheel on windows to left of main screen on windows.
  • Improve determinism of automation when rendering.
  • Improve handling of OS load dialog for presets.
  • Improvements for latency reporting both realtime and offline.

1.00 -> 1.01

  • Added Sibiliance Detector for automatic de-essing of solo vocals.
  • Added External sidechain input.
  • Added release LEDs in dual-release mode.
  • Added bManic presets.
  • Added Solo Vocal De-Ess presets.
  • Fix RTAS version.
  • Some tooltip improvement.
  • Fix VST/VST3 bypass support.
  • Fix parallel mode for minimum phase.
  • Fix latency reporting for Wavelab and renders in general.
  • Fix GR metering bug.
  • Fix sidechain linkage for oversampling.

There are two ways to design a De-Esser.

For de-essing vocals, it's common to use a compressor that's configured to detect sibilance.
For de-essing a full mix, it's usual to filter the signal to isolate the sibilance and compress it, before mixing it back in with the rest of the signal.
Essence can do both.

De-essing vocals with software is fairly easy; and using Essence, you need three controls and you're set.

De-essing a full mix is much harder, and mastering engineers invest thousands in hardware boxes to get usable results.
In fact, for about a decade, a mastering engineer wanting to invisibly de-ess a vocal in a full mix has been faced with only one, incredibly expensive option.

Essence replaces both.

But the flexibility of Essence allows you to do much more than de-essing.
You can use it like a dynamic EQ to manage all manner of subtle (or extreme) mix issues.
And best of all, it's incredibly transparent. No weird artefacts; it's as if the original mix was just better.

It turns out that starting with the design for the world's best de-esser concludes with having the most powerful mastering processor in the world today.
It's priced as an A-list De-Esser, but that belies the fact that it will allow you to replace expensive outboard hardware, with improved results and as many instances as your computer can handle.

You can run it in a zero-latency ultra-low CPU mode, or crank it up, and even at its most processor hungry, you'll still be able to run dozens across a mix.

This is a magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price-point.
An absolute must for any mastering engineer, and a life-saver for mix and post work.
And that's before we even get to use for creative effects.

What if you wanted to just remove a kick from a mix every time the snare hit? Or what if you want to invisibly solidify your sub-bass?
Just suddenly make it sound more rich and full, but sounding like it was that way to begin with - no clue left that you've improved it.

There's nothing with the power and flexibility of Essence, regardless of price.

Xmas has come early for audio power-users.

- Dave Gamble, 2014