Originally Posted by D-Fyant
Alrighty, here's a rush job of the vocal (equipped with edits
) I worked on earlier. After listening to the dry vocal mix again, the vox are a little loud so my apologies everyone! I'm uploading the dry vox and its mix, the eq'd vox and its mix and the instrumental track as well.
-Pre 73 (set fairly clean)
-FMR RNC (light compression on super nice setting, 1st in chain)
-FMR PBC-6A (light compression 2nd in chain)
-Fast Track Ultra 8R
I also used light eq, reverb and delay plugs.
Try switching the impedance setting from 300 ohm to 1.2 kohm and jot down the differences in high end and bottom end.
This is one of the ways you can get different tonalities with that preamp's design.
A mic like the CM5 or a 251 for that matter are going to offer an extended top end and some of that information may or may not flatter the vocalist. You are doing some stacking in a hip hop setting and whats really more of an issue I feel is how much accentuated high end is actually reaching the compressor BEFORE compression, rather than the amount of compression itself.
I think that if you can set the impedance on the GAP to roll off some of the top end of the microphone it will help more than hurt because once it feeds into the compression chain it will be a bit more muted in the highs. You can always dial back in that extra crisp if you really feel you need it.
Worth a shot and definitely I feel a path to getting a better sound out of your chain.
I track with 10 to 15 GR of compression between 2 devices, usually a VCA + Opto or Opto + VCA combination and the sibilance isn't coming from the compression so to speak but the microphone placement, in conjunction with the preamp choice and gain staging.
Also, try putting that microphone's diaphragm with the microphone standing up at forehead level and see how the top end sounds. Don't tilt your head back to aim your mouth at the capsule, moreso the mic is picking up the energy/air from your mouth, not your mouth. For more detail tilt the microphone forward to get that extra lil' bit of detail you may or may not need. For darker sounds straight at the forehead may sound best. As well you can lower the height to be closer to your mouth or your nose.
Try between your nose and your top lip too for the diaphragm's height.