Originally Posted by jetam
Don't get me wrong. Compression is certanly useful, but it always takes away dynamics. It can change an envelope in a good way and it really helps to fit things in a mix.
But if someone thinks that it helps him to control dynamics while singing, it's (usually) just an illusion. Singer or any performer should be able to control their own dynamics. IMO
And IMO it just doesn't make sense to track trough a compressor (and loose dynamic data for ever) when recording to 24-bit digital.
Analog tape is a totaly different story.
As a singer and a recorder I see two advantages for tracking vocals through a compressor.
As a singer, I like the heck out of tracking through a compressor and I have excellent mic technique. When tracking vocals, if what I hear sounds enhanced, it pulls a better performance out of me. After Doing this a while, I have learned to make the most out of singing into a compressor. It certainly is different and can be good or bad, depends upon the singer.
As a recorder, tracking through my FMR PBC-6 sounds better than adding any plugin I have, after the fact, whether API, 1176, la2a or any other waves, etc plugin I have. There is a dimension present that is lacking in the plugs.