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Double Compressing Lead Vocal

Is it wrong to use 2 different compressors on a vocal? I EQ (subtracting/cleaning with the Waves F6-RTA) the vocal, use the waves vocal rider plugin, then I use the Bomb Factory BF76 with a fast attack and fast release and then EQ (Waves F6-RTA) it again (adding) followed by the Waves CLA-2A. This is usually how I start mixing every vocal, should I approach mixing a vocal a different way?
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Is it wrong to use 2 different compressors on a vocal?
Its not wrong if it gets you the sound you want for that specific vocal in that specific song. It is wrong if it doesn't get you the desired sound.
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No problem at all. I actually prefer to compress in stages.

Let’s say you need a full 10db of Gain reduction to get a very dynamic signal under control.

That’s a good bit of compression, and you’re going to hear it. Most compressors are going to be obvious when doing this much work. Some won’t but a lot will

BUT.... suppose you had 3 different compressors in on the action. Each only contributing about 3db of gain reduction.

It’s less obvious by far in my opinion .

This is pretty much what I do. When I track the vox always come in through a compressor taking 2 or 3 dB.

When it’s time to mix, each individual vocal channel will have a compressor only catching 2 to 3 dB

And then the main vocal bus has a compressor

Sometimes I have a parallel instance of the lead vocal set up with much more intense compression

Either way...the end result is that the vocals touch a few different compressors, but nothing drastic (unless warranted).

I’m not married to the idea however. If it sounds overdone I’ll gladly leave something out.
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I often times use more than 1 compressor in the vocal chain.
I typically set up the first compressor with a fast attack, fast release, 3:1 ratio to catch some of the peaks about 3 db.

Then I have a second compressor with a med or slow attack and a medium release to give a little 2db hug to the peaks that are coming thru the first compressor.
When mixing down, if I need some more, I will pick a compressor plug-in that will help keep things under control. I like the bomb factory LA2a and La3a for this final light compression, but sometimes I use the bomb factory 1176 plug in.
If I need a touch more, I add another compressor after that, often times the Fairchild 670 plug-in to grab anything peeking thru about 1 db.
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Is it wrong to use 2 different compressors on a vocal? I EQ (subtracting/cleaning with the Waves F6-RTA) the vocal, use the waves vocal rider plugin, then I use the Bomb Factory BF76 with a fast attack and fast release and then EQ (Waves F6-RTA) it again (adding) followed by the Waves CLA-2A. This is usually how I start mixing every vocal, should I approach mixing a vocal a different way?
Man... use 100 if it gets you there!

Generally, using several compressors in series with each just doing a little GR is the way to go... maybe inserting eq or de-Essers as needed along the way

Warren Huart has an amazing YouTube channel “produce like a pro”... he does this a lot and rarely used anything other than stock and old waves plugins

Good luck!
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ITB i'll put in a peak limiter followed by a compressor at times
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Let me check the rule book and get back to you. Don’t you have the rule book?
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Let me check the rule book and get back to you. Don’t you have the rule book?


Rule # 1 in the "Mixing Club" = There are no rules in the Mixing Club
Rule # 2 in the "Mixing Club" = There are no rules in the Mixing Club
Rule # 3 in the "Mixing Club" = There are no rules in the Mixing Club
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