I finally sat down and tried it, and I thought I’d let ya’ll judge for yourselves. The following audio is a snippet of a rough mix song called “Nobody’s Gonna Love You” by Briana Tyson from a current mix contest on Splice.
In case anyone’s interested, here you go:
The pic below is 3 waveforms of the main vocal track. The first is my starting point. I’ve gone through and done some clip gaining to reduce a few massive peaks.
- Initial waveform
- Normally compressed: this is the initial waveform with MAutoVolume (auto-clip-gaining to further shave peaks) and then IK’s Vintage Compressor which is their model of the Fairchild 670. (I think Andrew mentioned he used a 670 on his vocal too.)
- Backwards compressed: This was the reversed, compressed, then turned back around. I used the exact same plugins with the exact same settings applied as No. 2.
Now for the fun part. The following clips are those 3, level matched and put in a RANDOM order. Each waveform above is represented by one of the audio clips below. Please vote for the one you like best. You don’t even need to try and guess which is which, just vote for the one you like.
(No more votes for Clip A! Yes, it’s the uncompressed clip and sounds better, but I’ll leave it here for comparison. )
- Clip B
- Clip C
- You should have left Clip A in the poll, I’m voting for it anyway!