@miked This is what I have from RR days.
And I am 99% sure it came from Andrew @ColdRoomStudio.
Put your best sounding compressor on your vocal track - squash it until it evens out the dynamics without detrimentally affecting the sound, once you’re happy, then squash it some more, & at this point it may be creating some artifacts - but not ridiculous. Ok, now get that vocal track & reverse it - yes, turn it around so that it plays backwards (you can do this easily in most DAWs. Now, bounce down that reversed vocal, including the heavy compression to another track. Take the bounced track & reverse it again, so that it now plays forward… Hopefully at this point, you’ll hear a lovely, highly compressed vocal without those nasty artifacts… Here’s how it works - When the vocal goes into the compressor backwards, the compressor “sees” and thus reacts to a completely different (much smoother) waveform, allowing much heavier-handed use of compression than you would use on the same track forwards. When I read about this technique, I was blown away - its a highly innovative chunk of lateral thinking, the credit for which lies with an engineer called Michael Stavrou, who has a book called “Mixing With Your Mind”. I tried it & I was blown away by how well it works. BTW, keep your original uncompressed vocal track, just in case, as this is a “destructive” process.
Edit I have uploaded an example for those viewing the thread for the first time…
Not sure if this is the best possible demo - I’ve posted the original file unprocessed. I then whacked UAD’s 1176SE plugin on the “All buttons in” mode smashing it with up to 20db gain reduction - that’s the second file… the last one has the same compression setting, but backward. Hopefully you can clearly hear the difference.