I really love my Voice-over/ADR sound now. I use a TLM 103 amped by a SPL Channel One mk2 Premium (which I use for some 3-6 dB compression, gentle DeEssing, Highcut (50Hz) and Air-band boosting by 2-3 dB (14kHz) ). Usually I use a plug-in chain of Vocal Rider (2dB slow mode), CLA-2A (Opto-Compressor), SSL Channel (to compress the transients the Opto couldn't catch and removing some ugly mids around 800 Hz), Fabfilter-DS (DeEsser) and a very short convolution reverb if the mix needs a wet Dialogue.
I am extremely happy with this chain, but I have one big problem. Breathes. I read the other Q&A regarding the same question but it could not answer my problem since they told to use a noise gate, which does not work for my setup. Thats why I use manual volume envelopes (6-9dB before compression seems to work best) to reduce the breathes, but it is to time consuming for a lot of low budget productions.
I tried the Waves DeBreath at a friend of mine which just did not work as I wanted it too. Also I tried different kind of expanders and Noise gates, but they just don't seem to work for me, or I am to unskilled to program them. At the end I need to automate the parameters of the Gate/Expander which takes even longer than automating the Volume.
Do you have any recommendations? Or is there only the manual way?