To make vocals fit better, I typically start with the following settings (m_macdonald taught me these and they work beautifully): Compressor: Medium attack (400 - 500 ms approx) Slow release (800 + ms) Increase/decrease ratio and threshold for greater/less effect Limiter: Release: 50ms Reduce threshold until you get around 3+ dB of gain reduction === Typically what I do is lower the volume of the vocal track in the main mixer a little. Then what I do is put the compressor ratio to the settings above and then leave it alone, but play around with the threshold till the vocals "float within the beat" (making it seem like it's part of the song instead of just laid over the beat). Once I'm satisfied with that I boost the gain in the compressor as necessary to adjust how loud it is. This works with sung vocals, and even speech samples (like you have in your mix). Hope that helps your mixing dilemma .