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What goes in you DX chain and why

Hey guys. Looking to improve my mixing for dialogue and was wondering what you guys do. What I want to know is what you put where and why. For example if you say multiband expander say whether you use it for NR or compression or an EQ if its for notching or shapping.

Current chain
DX track

WNS (or equivalent)
Notch EQ
Shaping EQ
Light compressor
De-esser

Dialogue Buss

EQ
Limiter

More concerned with the actual DX chain rather than the overall mix. I know that this topic has been brought up before but no one ever really explains why they use that particular chain and what each step is supposed to accomplish. Thanks!!!
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Almost the same tools but a different order. I go gen eq, notch, broadband denoiser, deesser, trim.

Buss = comp, limit.
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As I'm still on PT9, I have a Trim plugin at the top of my DX tracks, followed by:

EQ/HPF
notch EQ
W43/WNS (hopefully to be replaced with DNS One in the near future)
EQ
DeEsser
compressor

On the DX bus, I have an EQ and a limiter.
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No compressors on my individual tracks. I generally ride my tracks into the dialog bus. I hate heavy compression.

Dialog Tracks
Q10
WNS/W43 (Hopefully soon to be Cedar)
EQ7
Waves De-ess

Dialog Buss
Massey CT4 (Very light)
C4 or DSM (Does more of the heavy lifting)
L1
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I do any noise reduction, if needed, before I import the dialog into the session using Izotope RX 2 advanced.

Plugin Chain usually goes like this for me:

Izotope EQ for surgical (if needed, usually for HPF or LPF)
Waves C4
API 560 eq (if needed and lightly)
Waves L1 (lightly)
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izotope rx2 advanced denoiser and spectral repair on a case by case basis
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Depends entirely on the show, how it's supposed to sound and how much time I have.

No time -> compressor and de-esser on the DIA bus.

Enough time, I have a comp in every track, along with a de-esser.

Most often, cleanup EQs(notch and all) are first, then denoisers if I have them, then depending on material it'll be pre- or post-comp shaping.

My favorite EQs are EQuality and Renaissance EQ(6-band) for shaping, and EQuick for notching.

The De-Essers depend on how well they handle themselves. Pre-comp it's often the Renaissance DeEsser. I have not had the pleasure of trying out Massey's plugins. I'm real happy he's porting his stuff to VST now. I use plugins in more than just Protools.

The hot new thing in DeEssers is Fabfilter's Pro-DS. Just an awesome unit, which I intend to purchase as soon as possible, because it can gracefully handle almost everything.
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