I have not had much success using deesser. My internal logic says to deess before compression assuming the deesser works better on the uncompressed signal. I have been able to identify esses and Ps on the waveform in the editor at the start of words and have used selective gain reduction successfully. 2, 4, 6, up to 10 db in rare circumstances. You could try that on a duplicated track.
This is why the channels need more insert slots. If I’m working on a lead vocal I create a buss for it immedietly because as soon as you’re doing things like having two de-essers you’re running out of inserts. A work around would be to use the racks but I’m not a fan.
Of course 8 or 12 inserts would have been better.
But from that to say Cubase sucks and I can not do my biz because Cubase only have 6 real insert points per channel?
Nah… That is just stupid, and have you heard about say… routing from group to group… Means you get 12 inserts. Is that enough for ya?
Keeping an unaltered digitized wav could prove benificial but once exported or bounced with effects, regardless at what stage applied, the resulting wav is altered then altered again to reformat. Surgery in the editor has been fun and effective for me at times. Like Dr. Frankysteen I’ve created a few monsters but I can just make another copy of the original digitized wav and drag it back to the laboratory.