#1
I'm currently working on putting some clean vocals over a song...however, I cannot seem to get any of the the 3 different compressors to keep it all at one level. What are some standard settings for clean vocals? Thanks.
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#2
There are no "standard" levels, as every instance requires a different compression setting.

What you'll need to do though, is set the ratio fairly high, say 6:1, and set the threshold to the bottom end of the volume spectrum.

You'll need to keep tweaking the setting until you get what you want though, compression is not a particularly easy effect to use, and it's really down to practice and having a basic knowledge of how it works (check out the production tips thread.)

What program are you recording in?
#3
I'm using Mixcraft 3....but I've got effects from a few other programs, like Cakewalk for example.
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#4
yeah, plugins as a rule aren't going to differ from the norm.

Check out these resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_level_compression - this is quite technical

If you've used audacity before, there's a great simple explanation to it here. Audacity's compressor is a generic (albeit low end) compression plugin, and the advice can be applied to every model:

http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Compressor

http://www.tweakheadz.com/compressors.htm > this one's good.
#5
Thanks a lot!
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#6
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What are some standard settings for clean vocals?


The "standard" answer would be this: automate the volume first to even things out a bit and then add the compressor to take care of the fine tuning. Nobody just uses a compressor these days. You could also work on microphone technique.