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Your most used plugin vocal compressor? Dynamics Plugins
Old 18th September 2011
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Sorry, but I completely fail to understand how 64-bit code is going to make anything actually sound any better.
AFAIK there are no advantages sonically whatsoever to using 64-bit code. The mixes will sound identical to those done in 32-bit. The sole advantage for audio in 64-bit is in memory usage, and that's all.
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Old 18th September 2011
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Well i just fell in love with Digidesign Smack!
Wow is all i can say i forgot that i had it and put it to use this was a great purchase for me
Old 18th September 2011
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I also use Tonebooster's Ferox, very nice
Old 18th September 2011
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Well i just fell in love with Digidesign Smack!
Wow is all i can say i forgot that i had it and put it to use this was a great purchase for me
I tend to forget about Smack too but everyonce in a while I'll try it and it's just right. Funny thing is I still use the bf76 a lot even though I have other technically better 1176 emulations.
Old 18th September 2011
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I use the Sonalksis compressors, but then again; I absolutely despise the way compressors are used in popular music.

http://www.sonalksis.com/sv315.htm
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Then those can help:
http://www.sonalksis.com/multiband.htm
Old 18th September 2011
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I like the cl1b sofftube plugin... as long as the source isn't strident or sibillant, in that case waves v-comp and the de-esser button comes in handy... lately i've been trying the trick i learned in pensado's place with the CLA blue 1176 on main vocals and la2 on backing vocals and it does work...
Old 17th October 2011
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I have both..the TC Powercore TubeTech CL1b and the Softube.
Not only is there a difference in price but they sound completely different.
You really get what you pay for here.

TC made the best TubeTech CL1b and now it's discontinued.... Sad!

The transparency, depth and smoothness is unreal on the TC...

The only plugin comp IMO that I would consider using on vocals next to the TC
is the Sonnox Dynamics...

Cheers!
Old 17th October 2011
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The Softube CL1B is mentioned a lot and I've been interested in this plug-in since it appeared on the Powercore platform. However the (relatively) high price always held me back. Now with the (rare) sale it's 30% off, but still $393 (incl. VAT).

Off course it's been over 4 years the virtual CL1B was introduced and we've seen a lot of new and cheaper character plug-ins since...
I have both..the TC Powercore TubeTech CL1b and the Softube.
Not only is there a difference in price but they sound completely different.
You really get what you pay for here.

TC made the best TubeTech CL1b and now it's discontinued.... Sad!

The transparency, depth and smoothness is unreal on the TC...

The only plugin comp IMO that I would consider using on vocals next to the TC
is the Sonnox Dynamics...

Cheers!
Old 17th October 2011
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UAD- LA2a is my "go to."
Old 17th October 2011
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Waves CLA Signature Series Vocal Plugin on "Spank" setting. Just brilliant for getting vocals to cut through a mix.
Old 17th October 2011
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Waves 1176 followed by cla la2a
Old 17th October 2011
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The 124 if I can get away with it. Otherwise CL1B or SSL Channel Strip.
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Old 18th October 2011
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Favorite compressors for vox: CLA-76, CL1B and RComp.
Old 18th October 2011
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I see a lot of people talking about the RS124. can someone recommend (or screenshot) a good starting point for vox? i have trouble getting what i want on vox with that comp..
Old 18th October 2011
  #75
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I have a standard group preset for vocals with my Focusrite Liquid mix:

Insert EQ:
1. Platinum 1 / Focusrite voicemaster EQ (= Duh!)
2. Zebra 2 / US Zebra discrete desk copy 2 (= Chandler limited EMI Channel)
3. old tube 1 + 2 Hybrid (= combined Pultec EQP1 + MEQ5)

Insert Compressor
:
1. US Radio / US Classic Solid state 1 (= dbx 165)
2. Leveller / US Classic Tube 3 (= LA2A)
3. Stellar 2 / US Classic solid state 2 (= Urei 1176)

Paralell:
1. Meat Pie / Brit 60's class A (= PYE 84 4060/01)

Buss EQ:
1. Silver 4 / US Modern discrete 2 eq (= Avalon ad 2055)

Buss compressors:
1. Class A1 Brt 70's class A1 (= Neve 2254A) and / or
2. Mix Buss / Brit Classic Buss (= SSL FX G 384)

Of course, I do not always use all of them full on all the time. Although I often compress the **** out of the PYE, but just feed a teaspoon back to the buss. But this preset gives me a very flexible set up to use the different characteristics of different units:

Voicemaster eq for troubleshooting
Pulteq eq for placement and character
Avalon eq for micro tuning / mix placement
DBX for level control
1176 for level colour
LA2A for distortion / colour / level
PYE for fun
Neve & SSL for Glue

Any of those choices and uses are completely based on personal taste. Fact is that I get more depth while using more machines a little bit than with one machine full on. Try it, build your own group preset and have fun!
Old 18th October 2011
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Originally Posted by Rob M. View Post
I have both..the TC Powercore TubeTech CL1b and the Softube.
Not only is there a difference in price but they sound completely different.
You really get what you pay for here.

TC made the best TubeTech CL1b and now it's discontinued.... Sad!

The transparency, depth and smoothness is unreal on the TC...

The only plugin comp IMO that I would consider using on vocals next to the TC
is the Sonnox Dynamics...

Cheers!
Softube made both those and the native one is a direct port of the TC!
Old 18th October 2011
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Waves CLA (76, 2A, 3A), RenComp, RenVox

Sometimes:
H-Comp
SSL GSeries
Sonnex Dynamics
Sonilksis

Kramer Tape sometimes ends up on the vocal bus.
Old 24th February 2013
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Leads: I find myself sending the uncompressed / tracking compressed to a bus along with 4 paralell busses. Usually 2 of the paralells will cover constant level results e.g. 1176, distressor style. The other 2 attack emphasizing compression e.g. Dbx, fairchild, la2a, Slow 1176, cl 1b etc.
The constant level paras will sometimes have lo pass filtering.
On the bus there might be additional 1-3 db sweatening + careful limiting.

My 2 cents in this "old" thread :-)
Old 25th February 2013
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On the cheaper side of things, I love the Glue, they have a preset called "exaggerated dynamics" that I start with (and normally bring back some because it's so intense).
Old 25th February 2013
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I really like the CLA-76 (black more than blue for whatever reason), but I like the CLA-2A more. The CLA-3A is really nice for me, as well.

But more than any of those, I still really, really like the Waves Puigchild. It just works really well for me, almost all the time. I've been using the CLA-2A more and more, though, and really digging it. It really reminds me of a hardware LA-2A I used to use all the time.

The Glue is also a winner, as is the Abbey Road RS124 from time to time.

I also use the VCC at the top of the chain, but I don't push it very hard. And I've used the Waves Kramer MPX a couple times directly on vox and had good results. It has a lift in the 4k-6k region on male vocals that is very smooth to me. EDIT: This is when in 15ips mode.
I definitely get more use out of the CLA-2A and PuigChild than anything else. I usually track bass through the DI on an ISAone with channel of Fatso JR on the insert. And then I use the CLA-2A. It sits really nice in just about any mix.
Old 25th February 2013
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UAD FATSO, surprisingly.
Old 25th February 2013
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Stillwell Rocket to tame peaks, then Klanghelm DC8 to even things out.
Old 25th February 2013
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current album is Waves CLA-76 Blacky and L1 with long release.
Old 25th February 2013
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Waves SSL channel strip
Old 25th February 2013
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Most definitely the CLA-2A. Generally will have a CLA 1176 at the end of the chain as well.
Old 25th February 2013
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Last project it was VCC > Waves SSL EQ > RVox > CLA-2A > VTM

Also a parallell send to the "smack" bus, Waves blue stripe '76 in British mode, slammed and trimmed down. Vocals and single guitars mostly go to this send - anything that needs more bite and presence.
Old 25th February 2013
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After using nearly every au plugin comp available without a dedicated card...

After hundreds of hours of focused, dedicated time spent with a few of the top choices mentioned in this thread...

After setting up dozens of a/b comparisons with or without various comps...

After spending countless hours exhaustively combining chains of comps with various attack, decay, and compression characteristics to dial in a custom tailored envelope...

















... I've decided I'm literally better off skipping them entirely, level matching by hand, then running into a brickwall limiter for the last few db.

Better results every time I've tried vs everything I've put it up against. Every time I've posted examples of my work one way or the other, people have preferred this approach.
Old 25th February 2013
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UAD LA-2A, 1176, that's it.

Old 26th February 2013
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Depends on the vocal. To catch peaks: Sonnox Dynamics is my favorite. You can even tune the SC filter for even more control.

Though not strictly a compressor, I LOVE the sounds I can get with the UBK-1 on some vocals.

I also like the IK Comps Black 76 followed by White 2A on the Vox Bus is nice.

The free Molot Compressor has 2 presets that you put in series on vocals and they also sound great!
Old 26th February 2013
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the cla76 is great for vocals and especially parallel comp. I love the soft tubes fet to parralel drums. it really gets nice and crunchy. I however highly dislike the soft tube on vocals. lack a clarity and definition. cla76 is go to. good warm analog properties. if its too warm I use blue cat or c1 for even more transparency. if cla76 doesn't work then I use psp . the cla76 does sound great but has timing issues, for me at least. I can find myself adjusting the attack and delay for too long
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