Hello. I am using the Tascam US1800 for my input device. My situation is that my wife is a powerful singer with a beautiful voice and carries a lot of volume behind it when she pours it out. We use Cubase LE5 for our live sets.
I check the clip light on the Tascam US1800 and make sure it is not clipping there at the source to begin with. I'm pretty sure you want the hottest signal at the source without clipping before going into the compressor.. is this right?
Then I apply the compression with the VST Dynamic insert. I generally have started the compression at about -15db with a ratio of about 3:1 ... but I have the output adjustment set to about +10db. I'm trying to bring out her soft spots in the singing, while keeping the maximum spots without clipping. Will the +10db of output gain help in this or hurt since she can sing very loud at times?
Should I set the threshold higher up and closer to 0db with more compression ratio? Maybe I am starting the threshold too low?
Also, Should I use the limiter with the compressor since she has a strong and powerful voice? If so should it be set to soft clip?
Does the limiter basically work as a backup to prevent any clipping from what the compressor could not handle?
I've read articles on compression but could always use some extra help on setting things up
Any positive advice would be greatly appreciated as I desire to bring out the best sound using the standard Cubase LE5 dynamic plugins.... thank you for helping and suggestions... Gary