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Old 26th August 2007
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How necessary is it to record vocals with a compressor for a ‘high end’ sound?

I've got an API A2D coming in and will only be recording vocals. My previous setup i tracked with compression on a VMpro just to tame several DB into the DAW for those 'Celine Dion' moments while recording vox.

My thinking is the advantage when of using compression PRE DAW is to boost the level a little hotter to take advantage of hitting the converters to get a full range A/D conversion (truer when rec 16bit!) So, specifically, would i benefit from using a compressor or am i good to go with the API?