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claudedefaren 22nd June 2020 11:39 PM

Fabfilter ProC2 vs Waves RVox
Seems like everyone talks about how much they love Renaissance Vox for vocal compression.

When FabFilter release ProC2, it was an instant buy for me. It even had the Vocal mode, which I assumed was supposed to be some kind of equivalent of RVox.

My question is: IS it an RVox alternative?

I’ve never used RVox and I’m not really interested in buying Waves plugins, but I’m just curious if FFProC2 in Vocal mode is at all similar.

EvgenyStudio 22nd June 2020 11:54 PM

You’re absolutely right, preset upfront vocal in pro c2 has the same compression character as rvox. But release is quicker a little bit which is welcomed

N1Greg 23rd June 2020 09:20 AM

Both are among my least favorite comps.

When I started out Rvox was my default vocal comp, not because I thought it was great but because it seemed like a very popular, fool-proof choice.

The more I've been using it the less I like it. It never levels anything out properly, it also seems like adding quite a bit of harsh distortion/saturation or something. I found that it doesn't do well when used heavily. I can do 10-15dB compression with LA2A easily and it will be buttery smooth both in dynamics and sound, or 670 or even 76. Rvox will always be rollercoasting and bringing out the harshness (especially if I'm dealing with a bad mic recording).

I don't mind throwing it at the end of the chain if I'm lazy to tame the last 2-3dB (love the GUI), but I just don't get it personally. It's either too aggressive, or I don't know what. The settings are all wrong for the type of vocals I work with (mid tempo pop).

C2 is just a vanilla compressor. It can do any job just fine, it can be pretty punchy. Just not a fan of GUI, too fussy and unwelcoming, lots of "click that micro arrow to go to that tiny icon in a corner subgroup to open a submenu to adjust 10 more things" type of stuff. It also constantly gives me a feeling that I'm not using it properly - either I'm missing out on some feature or one of 200 settings is not set up right or I'm in the wrong mode out of 10 it has etc. etc. While "if it sounds good it sounds good" approach works, it's just something that is constantly bugging me and why I don't like it.