Originally Posted by macleodgrant
if you're asking the question, i assume you're still finding your way around.
in that case, simplify your world and use one plugin like RVOX, Sonnox Dynamics, Sonalksis, etc... for all the vocals and learn that plugin's strengths and weaknesses and then use a different plug the next time. it's the only way you'll learn what it's character actually is.
the RVOX is a lazy man's plugin (agreed). once you've used it on a session and then next time use a different plugin, you may have to do a bit more work but you could achieve better results with a more manual process. you'll aim for the RVOX feel and learn a lot in the process
Most vocal tracks are probably going to need some compression and eq to get them to sit right and cut through the mix nice.
A good appraoch when you are starting out mixing is to get the bass and drums sitting nice first (level, pan maybe eq & comp) then bring your lead vox in and listen. What you're aiming for is for the vox to sit loud enough in the track so it's the lead element but, it needs to sound smooth and not dominate the track. Thats when you start looking at maybe comp - eq.
If you got a few choices copy the vox track down to a few other tracks and load a different comp and eq on each then start messing with the settings and A/B to see what working best. This way you are learning your plugs not just using whet you think you should.