Which plugin compressor would you recommend for vocals?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by ouzo77, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member


    i'd like some opinions on a few plugin compressors for vocal tracks.
    usually i use the waves renaissance vox for the main vocal tracks because it really brings the voice forward. but it tends to get a bit harsh when pushed hard (which i like to do).
    so which one(s) of the following plugins would you recommend for punchy but smooth vocals (mainly male rock vocals)? since i do own all of these i will try them myself when i find the time to. anyway i'd like to know some opinions of you.

    waves renaissance vox
    waves renaissance compressor
    logic compressor
    t-racks 3 opto compressor
    t-racks 3 vintage compressor
    line6 pod farm compressors

    if you have any other AFFORDABLE suggestions (no dsp plugins) please feel free to post them.

  2. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    I really love the Fish Filet plugin suite... and its free... google it.
  3. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    thanks for your input. i do have the fish fillets, but they don't seem to work on my machine.

    has anybody tried the fet compressor from softube? i have heard really good things about it.
  4. wooo hooo my first post... You could try using a multi-band comp, for example the waves C4, before the R Vox. Or what I do often is chain two R comp's together. On the first comp with fast attack and release and a high threshold and tad bit higher ratio(4:1). On the second a moderate attack and release and lower threshold and ratio(2.50:1).The first compressor will only kick in on the peaks and that will leave the second comp to do the main processing.
  5. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    thanks for your first post! ;-)
    sounds like a good idea. i have read this somewhere before but never tried it. but i will do that now.
  6. TopherNeverDies

    TopherNeverDies Active Member

    The R Compressor is cool... I believe it is modeled after the dbx 160 and emulates the sound of the transformer being pushed hard when you crank the output gain. Thus that little light that changes color. I use to use the SSL Compressor all the time before I got my LA-610mkII. It might be outside of your budget but it's worth saving for. The SSL bundle is awesome. The UAD plug-ins are also really good and then you could have some plug-ins of classic compressors.

    But as electricbunnyman said serial compression should work well for you.
  7. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    A few of my favorite compressors (ignoring windows-only plugs, seeing as you mentioned Logic)

    Voxengo Crunchessor : an excellent general purpose comp with lots of great colouring / saturation options.

    Stillwell's Rocket : very fast and aggressive comp. Love it on drums, and vocals that need strict discipline.

    FabFilter Pro-C : I only discovered this recently when I was hired to make a tutorial but it immediately became one of my favorites.

    All very reasonably priced IMO, but the first two are particularly good value at only $50 approx.
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    PSP OLd timer for overal rounding
    Mc DSP G Console Dynamics
    DIgi DYN III
    Waves Ren Comp
  9. zizo

    zizo Guest

    Interestingly ....MACKIE- Final Mix as a parametric.. ( of course with a gentle touch of Mackie Mono Comprsr )..I like the result of Mackie.
  10. Audiol0gic

    Audiol0gic Guest

    personally I like the SLL channel comps, From waves.. that or the API pack compressors. I've worked with a 1608 before.. it's totally the same too. :D
  11. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    here are my choices
    for a pristine comp with attitude Sonnox Oxford, tried it at another studio and $*^t!!! in your face vocals
    they also had the Elyssa Mpressor, sweeeeeeeet
    and my other is the Nuendo VST3 compressor, its damn good!
  12. King Vitamin

    King Vitamin Guest

    Anything that mimics the behavior of the Teletronix LA-2A. It is the best compressor I have ever used for taming vocal dynamics without squashing or other audible artifacts. It will NOT give you an instant, one button, hot and slick, pop-hit sound. What it WILL do is tame vocals while sounding "unprocessed".
  13. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I recently finished a record and used the Eddie Kramer and the Maserati plugs from the Waves Signature Series and like the intuitiveness and the 'vintage' sounds with a modern noise-floor. The Kramer is very good and we used it a lot on the vocals. Very warm and still upfront with very little tweeking.
  14. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    when i was at NAMM i met Mr. Kramer and witnessed his waves demo, along with JJP and CLA. i found the EK bundle to be the coolest, the others were to over the top.
    when you say anything that mimics the LA-2A, what would those be, there are too many LA2A things out there and the only one that works is the UAD version, do you concur

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