first off you should understand the purpose of what a compressor does and what it is used for.... Which you could do a search on this site or wikipedia has good info also... Then use your EARS and find the sound your looking for... There is no magic setting or presets, nor are there any rules.... Just go with what sounds good... Forget numbers and settings just listen.... Good luck mah dude...
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wOW PICASSO WASN'T THAT HARSH WAS HE? I could have and probably could still ask/asked that. find out what a brickwall limiter does. or search. dont mind these people either way you have to play and experiment with it all to get it right, even then no one really has the authority on "what's right." Personally I still experiment to this day. Find out the settings threshold, ratio, release, attack, but still you must listen boy.
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.