waves compressors

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by mcmilliron, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. mcmilliron

    mcmilliron Guest

    do any of you guys use Waves compressors straight to disk while recording vocals. I'm wondering how it sounds? would an outboard compressor sound a lot better? if so... how much am I looking at for a good one?

    which Waves compressor do you use?

    is there other plugin compressors you like better than Waves?

  2. kingfrog

    kingfrog Active Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    I'd use an outboard compressor/pre amp rack combo.
    I use the Joe Meek VCQ1 and have no need for anything else. In 20 years I ll have a Vintage piece everyone will want . LOL
    It depends on your budget. My first set up was an ART MP and Levler Combo (about $200 then) until I bought the Meek.

    On the Sw side I have it all and prefer the Waves Para EQ and the L2 i for some (Low CPU overhead) and Lexicon Pantheon Verb.

    I like the Timeworks compressor better than the waves.
  3. mcmilliron

    mcmilliron Guest

    I'll have to check out the timeworks plugins :D

    Since I can't afford a good compressor should I not even bother using plugins while I'm tracking?

    thanks again
  4. kingfrog

    kingfrog Active Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    IM not sure really. Perhaps someone with experience doing that could offer more information.
  5. davepear

    davepear Guest

    Your best bet may be to just get the hottest levels you can to tape (read: your track) and use a good plug-in after the fact to get what you want. If you use the plug-in while tracking you may get some serious latency issues. Use a pop-screen to reduce the plosives; that will cut down some transient peaks as well.
  6. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    analog compression rules...

    but when it comes to plugs i prefer bombfactory...
  7. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    As far as the Waves compressors go, I think the Renaissance sounds the best.

    But I have much better results with my analog compressor.
  8. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    I like the Renaissance Comp also, but always apply it after tracking. You can't take it back after tracking with it..............
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    I love the RVox..has a built in gate that I find very useful.

    Typically I would prefer external compressors myself as this way you can listen without latency. Using plug ins can and will create latency which can throw a vocalist off.

    Just remember that the recording isn't compressed when using a plug in during recording, it's only affecting the output and not the input so to speak!

    I also agree that the RComp is a great compressor as well!

    Opus :D
  10. MilesAway

    MilesAway Guest

    I like the Timeworks compressor for bass guitar & overheads more than vocals. I generally use the Sonalksis SV-315 or the Anwidasoft CX1V compressors for vocals with better results.

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