Get with the programmers
This new developer is taking on the practice of de-essing a signal in a very different way
What’s your background in music and in programming? How did oeksound get started, and how would you describe the company’s philosophy?
What inspired you to create a tool like Soothe, seeing as there are already lots of de-essers on the market?
“User interaction with Soothe was designed to feel familiar to anyone who’s used de-essers – you just set the threshold and frequency range. But when an energetic mid- or high-frequency spike crosses the threshold, Soothe suppresses that frequency alone, and won’t affect the adjacent frequencies. This way you don’t lose the clarity or the top end of the material. So even when used as a de-esser, I think the versatility and possibility to control even the mids with minimum hassle is quite unique.” What kinds of source sounds does Soothe work best on? “Soothe is great at taming the harshness and build-up of frequencies that’s often present when close-miking audio sources – be it vocals, acoustic or electric guitar, woodwinds or violins. Due to the chaotic radiation patterns of the instruments, and multiplied by the pickup patterns of the microphones, nastiness is likely to be present when sticking a microphone few inches from a sound source. Soothe is at its best when used as the first line of defence to treat these problematic sound sources, saving the mixing engineer a lot of time and frustration trying to get the stuff to sit in the mix, especially with the lead parts.” What else can we expect from oeksound in the next year or so? “The first version of Soothe is just the beginning, and there’s a lot of room for improvement. We’re now improving Soothe’s algorithm to make it more versatile, extending the workable frequency range lower and reducing the CPU-hit – especially on the higher-resolution settings. So a lot of maths ahead. Also, the R&D for Soothe’s spectral framework has opened an interesting set of applications and processes that we’ll be checking out.”
“We’re now improving Soothe’s algorithm to make it more versatile”