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As mentioned the auto modes are more complex than just adjusting the attack and release settings.
The compressor types involve smoothing algorithms and detector type (rms or peak) plus other tricks in modelling certain compressors.

you can use ‘manual peak’ or ‘manual rms’ and set the attack and release manually. Then store these as library compressors, then you have a presets for instant access.

As for using purely an auto mode –
‘Vocal’ does minimise distortion over attack. For a fast compressor with acceptable distortion I would try 16T.

If the application is to catch the occasional ‘first note’ the limiter is handy, it isnt that aggressive sounding. You can also set the compressor for milder stuff, eg vocal or slow opto.

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