Fairlight "Stereo Fixer" & "De-Esser" effects

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Fairlight "Stereo Fixer" & "De-Esser" effects

PostMon Feb 11, 2019 11:23 pm

Does Blackmagic publish have any instructions / information on the operation of the the Fairlight effect called "Stereo Fixer." It does not come up in searches of either the August 2018 "Reference Manual" or the "Introduction to Fairlight Audio Post" books.
I would also like to learn more about the presets and controls in the De-Esser effect.
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Re: Fairlight "Stereo Fixer" & "De-Esser" effects

PostTue Feb 12, 2019 6:54 am

As the name suggests, the new Stereo Fixer Fairlight FX plug-in is an easy way to fix or control the independent channels in a stereo track.

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Stereo Fixer plug-in
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This is great for common stereo channel mapping issues such as: 2 channel clips with two people on different mics going to Stereo L and Stereo R, one character with two mics (boom and wireless) in the Left and Right channels of a stereo clip, or even one person with one mic set to two channels one at 100% the other at 80% gain.

You can apply the plugin to a clip, or the entire track.

Instead of playing the two channels as stereo Left and Right, with the Stereo Fixer plug-in you can use the Format buttons in the middle of the control to change the track’s output accordingly.

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Format buttons
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The buttons from left to right are: Stereo, Reverse Stereo (swaps channels), Mono, Left only, Right Only, and Mid-Side (great for slight separation between two people talking on separate mics in the same clip).

Use the Output Gain controls to independently control the levels of the left and right channels.

The De-Esser Fairlight FX plug-in is a specialized EQ and compressor plug-in that uses a narrow
frequency range to control vocal sibilance.

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De-Esser
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The De-Esser dialog includes a graph showing which part of the signal the controls
are set up to adjust. A set of meters show reduction and output, so you can see a
side-by-side comparison that indicates which parts of the signal are affected, how
much the targeted signal is reduced, and what level is being output.

You can find detailed step-by-step exercises for identifying sibilance and working with the De-Esser plug-in starting on page 217 of the Introduction to Fairlight Audio Post in DaVinci Resolve 15 training book. The PDF is available for free on the Blackmagic Design website, products/davinciresolve/training page.

Or you can follow along with the EQ and De-Esser section of the DaVinci Resolve 15 - Fairlight Audio Production Part 2 video tutorial (at around 19:00 ) also available for free on the Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15 training page.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Fairlight "Stereo Fixer" & "De-Esser" effects

PostFri Feb 15, 2019 12:29 am

Hi Mary Plummer,
Thank you! Your explanation of the Stereo Fixer effect was quite helpful. I have one more question about it though. The wave form that reflects Embedded Channel 2 (in my case, the much lower volume channel) does not appear to change after I have increased the volume. Am I doing something wrong?
Thanks again for the help!!

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