Originally Posted by TimmyP1955
I prefer that a singer stay on the mic, so the tone does not thin out as it would when a singer backs off a mic.
I prefer the opposite. The proximity effect from a singer swallowing the mic can work with softer passages, but when they are belting it sounds horrible and requires more EQ to cut the low end. Mix a Jazz band with singer who has impeccable mic and voice control, and you barely have to do anything forint to sound great!
Compression is a must. High dollar compressors are completely unnecessary for most gigs, and a DBX or FMR will do the trick. If you need more than 6-8 db of gain reduction at the peaks and your compressor can't do it without distortion, ride the fader. I have seen a couple summit audio compressors in the FOH rack for say, Roger Waters, but at a noisy club or bar, and not being fed through a top of the line Clair, L'Acoustics or D&B line, the nuances will be all but lost, and if the type of compressor you use makes or breaks your gig, you have bigger problem!