Originally Posted by WorshipMaestro
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.
I understand that VR doesn't interact with any other plugin, I was confusing the signal chain order that's all. As for vocal rider, is it possible to use it without having to have any compressors on a track? Not saying you'd want to, I'm just wondering if it works well enough, with the right setting, to be able to work without any compressor help?