Originally Posted by joe_04_04
Got a question on vocal rider, tad bit off topic. I'm probably over thinking this, but I'm confused how you use a compressor and vocal rider in conjunction. Let's say your comp is set to 3:1 ratio and your vocal goes 6 dbs over the threshold and is reduced to only being allowed to go 2 dbs over the threshold. Doesn't vocal rider see the 6 db increase and turn it down something along the lines of 6 db (give or take depending on the range you've allowed it to move).. Resulting in a volume -4 dbs from the original volume? Or am I confusing the order of the plugs? Maybe it it as a 2 db increase and levels if out.. Oh idk. Any help?
VocalRider acts on the signal it sees at it's input. It is a separate plugin. I think you may be thinking it interacts with the compressor plugin somehow. It doesn't know, or care how much the compressor is compressing. It simply acts on the output of whatever plugin is before it in the signal chain. The compressor has already smoothed the level out, so in the scenario I described in an earlier post I used two different compressors to each gently deal with the peaks and valleys of the signal level, then used VR last in the chain to deal with the remaining extremes.
BTW, VR just rides level as opposed to compressors which tend to lend a sonic character to the signal. The best way to think of it is an automated finger on the fader. Hope that helps.