The MX50 is a flexible, simple to set up dual De-Esser designed to fulfil the needs of the Recording
Studio, Broadcast, Theatre and Live Sound Industries. Its classic application is to overcome the problems that can arise when
sibilant sounds (S's and T's) are over-emphasised by the human voice, with such other applications as smoothing a stereo mix,
reducing string noise on acoustic guitars or breath noise on flutes, even refining cymbal and hi-hat sounds. Processing is
achieved by adjusting just two control parameters, Frequency and De-Ess. The fully variable Frequency control operates from
800Hz to 8KHz encompassing the full sibilant range, including 'hard' sounding harmonics and other side-effects which can be
generated when treble frequencies are boosted or enhanced. This is followed by the variable De-Ess which acts as a 'more'
control giving up to 20dB of gain reduction at the selected frequency.
The human voice is one of the most diverse signals ever encountered by engineers because it contains such large variations
in level and harmonic structure. Getting the desired vocal sound can sometimes prove difficult. Setting the E.Q. to give the
vocal sufficient 'definition' and 'cut' in the mix can cause large sibilant peaks which often lead to severe distortion. The
MX50 Vocal De-Esser solves these problems quickly and efficiently by reducing the level of the sibilant sounds while leaving
the remainder of the signal unchanged.
The MX50 has two modes of operation:
Split Band de-essing
Recommended for the majority of applications, this mode splits the audio spectrum into two bands with the split point being
dictated by the position of the Frequency control. Only frequencies above the split point are attenuated.
Full Band de-essing
A useful alternative where unobtrusive minimal processing is required. This mode reduces the total signal level in response
to sibilant peaks in the selected frequency band.
Further features are also incorporated to improve ease of control and flexibility:
Floating Threshold System: This intelligent Drawmer circuitry has a floating Threshold that adapts to the dynamics and level
of the incoming material, eliminating the need for a manual Threshold control and creating more natural results.
Air function: As sibilance rarely occurs above 10KHz this feature adds back high frequency 'gloss' in excess of 12KHz preserving
upper harmonics and increasing the transparency of operation.
Frequency: This control selects the frequency band in which the de-esser operates. In Split Band mode this control also determines
the split point above which gain reduction will take place. The control is continuously variable from 800Hz to 8KHz and covers
the full sibilant range.
De-Ess: Adjusts the amount of gain reduction that will take place when a sibilant sound has been detected. Up to a maximum
of 20dB may be applied. This control uses an intelligent Floating Threshold circuitry which removes the need for a manual
De-Ess Threshold control. One of the benefits of this design approach is that during quiet passages the sibilants are held
to a level which is relative to the original signal.
Split Band De-Ess: Split Band operation will only reduce the selected frequencies above the value set via the Frequency control.
In most situations this mode, in conjunction with the Air function, offers the most transparent de-essing. Status LED illuminates
Full Band De-Ess: Full Band operation will reduce the total signal level in response to signals in the selected frequency
band. Status LED illuminates when engaged.
Air: The Air control enables frequencies above the sibilant band to be retained, greatly increasing transparency of the de-essing
process. During normal use it is recommended to keep the Air function active for both Split Band and Full Band de-essing.
Status LED illuminates when engaged.
Link: Depressing this switch configures the unit for stereo operation where the average left/right signal level is used as
the Floating Threshold. In linked mode the red status LED beneath the link switch will illuminate.
De-Ess Gain Reduction Display: A nine segment LED bargraph shows how much gain reduction is being applied up to a maximum
of 20dB. In Full Band mode gain reduction is applied to the whole signal, whilst in Split Band mode only frequencies above
the value set on the frequency control are subject to gain reduction
Bypass: The Bypass position routes the input signal to the output with no processing. These switches are independant of any
linking and will only bypass their respective channel. Status LED illuminates when engaged.
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Drawmer MX50 De-Esser Specifications:
- (Measurements taken using +4dBu balanced XLR input where applicable)
- INPUT IMPEDANCE 20K Ohms (bal), 20K Ohms (unbal)
- MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL: +21dBu
- INPUT CMR > -40dB
- OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 50 Ohm (balanced)
- OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 50 Ohms (bal), 100 Ohms (unbal)
- MAXIMUM OUTPUT LEVEL: +21dBu
- BANDWIDTH: <12Hz to 51KHz -1dB
- CROSSTALK @ 35KHz -98dB_
- @ 1KHz below noise level
- Wideband (worse case) 22Hz - 22KHz
- AV -99dB -95dB
- DISTORTION: 100Hz 1KHz 10Khz
- Unity gain +4dBu input < 0.03% < 0.02% <0.03%
- +14dBu input, 10dB Gain Red <0.2% <0.2% <0.2%
- POWER REQUIREMENTS: 115Volt or 230Volt at 50-60Hz, 9Watts
- FUSE RATING: T32mA for 230Volt, T63mA for 115Volt
- CONFORMING TO BS EN 60127-2:1991 SHEET III
- FUSE TYPE: 20mm x 5mm, Class 3 Slo-Blo, 250Volt working
- CASE SIZE: 482mm (w) x 44mm (h) x 200mm (d)
- WEIGHT: (incl packaging) 3.2 Kgs