Originally Posted by hectc7
COMPRESS the heck out of vocals!!!!!! Use 2 compressors if you have to in series. Vocals to me are the hardest to get to sit in a mix...Damn those dynamics!! Send them to Hell!! Yeah I said it !!!!!!!
Recently i have started compressing the hell out of the lead vox so the SHHH and ESSS are of the same level as vowels. I do it in one pass, have not tried the serial compression yet, but i found 2 compressors in series (unless the attack and release are not differ much) work just like one compressor with large GR.
that means 4-6 to 1 ratio, 1-3 msec attack, 100-200 msec release, hard knee and up to 18 db gain reduction. Maybe some air added afterwards and usually some deessing in 4-5k.