De-essers are most often used to control high frequency peaks found in a vocal performance. These peaks, known as sibilance, occur when singers use consonant sounds like "s" and "t." Siblance sounds unpleasant, harsh, and needs to be controlled. For this, we typically use a frequency dependant compressor, also known as a de-esser.
Mixing in mono has become a popular topic of discussion. Some noted engineers do the majority of their listening in mono. This practice may seem strange. However, there are benefits to previewing your mix in mono.
Listeners using small devices will hear a mono presentation. Often times clubs or venues use a mono speaker system. EDM production must be compatible with this listening environment. For these reasons, it is important to know how your mix will translate to mono.
The Yamaha NS10 is a legendary studio monitor. These speakers are found in most major studios. Many top engineers swear by them. You may have heard the phrase "if you can get a mix to sound good on NS10's, it will sound good on anything." Yet, these monitors are known for their unpleasant sound.
So why do engineers like the NS10? Let's explore the history of these monitors.