Taming the Icing on the Cake
My musical background and training is classical and I am a flutist doubling on piccolo, Irish whistle, ethnic flutes and Sax. My focus was obviously on the high end what I referred to as the icing on the cake. When I was getting my certification in sound engineering there was a focus on the low end especially for popular music. Much of the discussion in forums for mixing has a lot of talk about techniques for getting a solid, tight, focused, thumping, etc low end with passing reference to a sparkling high end. I obviously agree with getting a great low end on your mix but I am so glad there is now a tool that focuses on the higher frequencies and it is brilliant. I used it on an Irish whistle and on various Native American flutes with great results. I am used to getting good results with wind instruments since I know how they should sound. I decided to buy this device for the Native American CD. The artist had several high pitched shrill flutes that I handled in my usual way with mic selection and position. Normal compression does not usually flatter these instruments. When I added the Derreser and adjusted the settings I was extremely pleased with the sound. It added another dimension to the instruments high frequencies in the same way that a good compressor smooths out the low end of a kick or bass. The shrillness was gone and what was left was a smooth controlled tone that fit nicely in the mix without much effort. This added some magic to the sound I have never been able to achieve in recording these instruments including the Irish whistle. If you are serious about all aspects of your mix then get the same type of tools you use to control the low end for your high end. Again brilliant and well done.