vocals are going in quiet enough that they don't clip, but whenever i try to raise the volume on them, i get crackling
that's just how it works !
it doesn't matter if you try to record them louder (which results in clipping) or if you try to increase level after you've done the recordings.. the result will always be the same: crackles..
I've tried using compression, i use the VC64 plugin, and no matter what i do i just cannot get rid of the crackles
I might be wrong, but could it be that you still have to learn how to use compressors ?
the VC64 is quite difficult to learn if you have no experience with compressors.. but it's worth to learn that one.. it's the best compressor plugin you probably have !
Applying compression correctly doesn't result in crackles,..neither on the track itself nor on the master out..
a little lesson on the VC64..
start with the "full reset"-preset
EDIT: you have to enable the compressor first by pressing the power-on-icon above the meter-window
under the meter-window press "GR" (gain reduction)
turn the ratio to 4:1
now turn the threshold counterclockwise until you have at least 7dB of gainreduction (see the meters to check the value)
now increase the gain-out to that amount of compression (7dB) !
play with the settings but always remember to set the output to the amount of gainreduction you use!
let this just be part I of the VC64.. if you think that was of any help, we could proceed further..
there are a lot of other options you have.. eq can also be your friend (building "pockets" on the other tracks for your vocals!)
I'd also check that the master output is not clipping.. a little compression/limiting on the master output can be helpfull..
Also make sure that your project runs @ 24bit !!
reducing the volume of the other tracks is a good way to fix your problem too.. but besides doing that I think you need to "control" your levels with tools like compressors.
post edited by Frank Haas - 2010/02/04 16:21:17