When I record vocals I tend to sing in an almost explosive manner, the starting syllable will be loud, with the word or phrase tapering down in volume and distinctness afterwards. Then, by making the vocals prominent enough in the mix, the particularly loud consonants become too loud, unpleasantly so. To combat this, I use gain automation to make a dip in volume where the 'splosive is (I use gain as I retain the use of the volume fader). To me, this sounds good, but I looking back, I wonder if I'm just doing a manually intensive DIY compression/limiter job. I don't like the idea of compression use because of how so many people lord the importance of dynamics in a song, which I agree with, given my limited knowledge. Am I losing dynamics in a similar way by doing this? The track I specifically refer to is this one: ADMIN EDIT: dead link removed (The vocals start at 1:20).