Compressing dynamic vocal parts can be tricky with one compressor — so why not try using two?
Even a well-trained singer’s voice can be incredibly dynamic, but in most modern musical styles every word must be heard clearly, so those dynamics need controlling. To create a more even average level without making the vocal sound obviously processed, a compressor must generally do two things: tame wayward peaks; and gently massage the level, on a word-by-word basis. If you don’t want a compressor’s action to sound obvious, a good rule of thumb is to aim for a maximum of 3-6 dB of gain reduction — but with really dynamic parts, this won’t be enough. Furthermore, given the varying timescales over which...
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