Hi - I usually manually smooth out vocals (adjusting the clip gain) before routing to a comp.
Demoing Melda MAutovolume, very nice. With minimum fuss it writes automation data to smooth out volume changes in your vocal track, and the end result is good! The aggressiveness of the automation is configurable. Though you can bounce the automation through the plug-in, if someone has concerns about audio quality you can just copy the automation to the track’s"Volume" automation line and bounce from there to bypass the plug (though I didn’t hear the plug-in color the audio, including no phasing, I did that anyway).
I have to slide the automation data a bit to match the audio for some reason, but besides that it seems to work as advertised.
There’s usually some iterative tweaking of the settings needed, and then some touch up editing involved, which I’m fine with given the incredible amount of time it takes to do this by hand. $59, compared to $200-300 for Waves Vocal Rider, which is the product I’ve been watching for years.
I’ve been manually adjusting the clip gains to do this vocal leveling, but I think I’ll probably buy this plug and kiss the old way good-bye.
Anyone here use it, or something like it? … How are you leveling before routing to a comp?