So the other day I was watching a YouTube video on vocal compression from modern mixing. I try not to read too much into what I see on YouTube but this guy has a pretty decent following so I thought I would give it an honest watch.
He talks about compressing vocals where you think about it like a piece of sandpaper. So basically if you had a piece of wood that was a little rough around the edges, you would take out your sandpaper and smooth it down. He would use compression in the same sense where its just knocking off some off those rough peaks.
I found it really interesting because I always used compression as a away to make things louder and never thought it could do much more. Wow, you learn something new everyday.
Anyways check out the video below or read his post on vocal compression and let me know what you think.