Originally Posted by Ben F
Lol!! SPOT ON!!
I would start by considering the minimum bands necessary for the job. Often two or three will be enough. If the MB compressor allows I'll get rid of the other bands completely.
The second thing to consider is where to place the crossover of the filters. I'd aim for isolating the regions that bother me and try not to 'dissect' the important elements like vocals straight through the middle..
I typically use low ratios on all bands, rarely over 3:1. If i chose to use 3 bands I will usually start by setting up the mid band with similar settings to a regular bus compressor and see how the compressor reacts and adjust from there.
The low end band really varies a lot for me. If I can get away with it, i might chose a faster attack than on the mid band. Depends on the task. Release can literally be anywhere.. Impossible to say.
You can sometimes get away with very fast attack and release on the high band. Other times it will choke the mix or is just unnecessary..
Hope this helps a bit.