As with most things that have to do with the vocal: totally depends on the singer. There is obviously more variation in the human voice than in a twin with a tele...
My go to compressor for vocals is: the best one for the task at hand.
I will mix an entire record with an orban de-esser, a gates sta-level and a pultec. The next record will wind up having a 33609, a collins 26W, and an RCA de-esser. The one after that, a 33609 with a dbx 160A
. Then a song where the 1176
with barely any squeeze will make the vocal hang right for the record after that.
That being said, if i had to use only one compressor for vocals for some reason, I would probably either use an EAR or a STA-level. Maybe... I dunno... and a 33609 and an LA2A
and an LA3A/// Totally application specific. Anything will WORK, but some things make it great, and it has nothing to do with the price tag.
Tracking wise, I probably have used the limiter section of the 33609 more than anything else on the way in, just to lick the big transients or save my ass when going straight to PT....