On Thu, Jul 8, 2021, 6:27 AM Kevin P <petrilli.ke...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I own a Scarlett Solo 3rd gen USB audio board, and I would like to use
> a compressor
> plugin from the package "alsa-plugins", Arch Linux. The goal is to
> apply this effect
> to my voice when I'm recording, always.
> I'm not quite sure this is correct, though. The compressor plugin I'd
> like to use is
> named "dysonCompress", it should be shipped with alsa-plugins package.
> I could not
> find documentation I could understand about this.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

In time critical applications like recording vocals you may find the
latency through software plugins to simply be unacceptable as it can really
throw off your sense of timing. Most important when recording is to not
have the technology get in the way of the performance.

Should you really want to try it live then I would go with Jack and simply
route the scarlett's output, once inside the machine, through whatever
compressor you want to try and push the Alsa buffer size down as far as you
can without creating xruns.

In my experience though, especially when beginning, I think you're better
off recording the vocal raw and then applying the compressor after the fact
in DAW.

A lot of this depends on your monitoring chain. I Generally find that an
uncompressed vocal sent through a cheap hardware reverb in the monitor
chain is a great way to approach the problem of getting a good dry vocal on
disk. Once the vocal is on disk you can compress it anyway you want. At
that point it's just numbers.

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