Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:This is why the thread is so interesting. Until recently H Comp was main goto for vocals, always as a parallel comp!! And the note based release times are useful, yes, saves doing the sums.
If I turn off all of the automatic features in H-Comp I can use it for natural sounding parallel compression. But I forget to turn it all off! I like the parallel (upward) compression to sound like the source is close to your ear and natural. All the quiet bits and details are raised up while the loud stuff is unchanged.
To my ear, to pull that off you need a parallel compressor that simply 'goes away' when the sound is loud, and then quickly and naturally lifts the gain up when things get quiet so you don't hear the gain changes.
All of the features in H-Comp for wiggling the gain over time automatically to play with the way that the compressor changes the peaks, just add unwanted variations to parallel compression. Meanwhile a simple compressor like the stock ProTools ones work great in parallel for doing upward compression.