I've been having some recent problems getting a good vocal sound in my studio. I have an SPX 990 unit. But the pot it's wired into gives me a lot of noise, and yes, it should be cleaned and / or put onto another module... but well, let's just say that I'm not trilled about our engineering department at this time, and the company refuses to get a new board, (this one dates back to '74 I believe). Okay, so that aside, I have some other options. I have an old Symetrix unit that's pretty user-friendly, but the compressor on it is a little too harsh. It has an EQ on it, but when I turn that off, or down too much, it gives me a really "hollow" sound. Also, I'm recording everything into ProTools, so my other option is to just record it dry, and add compression in there. But, my question with that is, should I be adding the compression directly onto the vocal channel, or should I be creating an aux channel and adding the compression through there? Our other producer uses an older SPX unit but brings it up through his board and mixes it with the dry signal, so should I be doing the same on the software side of things in ProTools? As you can see, I'm kinda new at this. I do pretty good with guitar sounds, but have never mastered the art of good vocal sounds. Gimmie a break, I was hired for my editing abilities Any help would be appreciated.