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GC, a de-esser can come in very handy for some folks using headset mics or lectern mics, especially on corporate gigs where you don’t know who will be coming up to speak.
A de-esser can also be used in moderation on a channel for an instrument that sits in the higher frequencies, such as a flute, piccolo, saxophone or other woodwind or reedy instruments. I’ve even used one on a very bright electric guitar, just to tame the 2k to 6k range when the player would power through chords in that range.
Yes, there are also a few excessively bright house systems I’ve run across. On those I just reach for the Mains EQ. I’ve found the Graphic EQ to be very handy for a quick tweak during a show.