I've been on hiatus but when I used to record using the BOSS BR-8, I pretty much plug in the vocal mic, use the first available vocal effect I see on the BR-8, which is "compressor 1". I turn all the available knobs of the compressor to level 100 for "volume". It looks like this:
De-esser, 4-band EQ, enhancer, doubling and delay effects are off by default. The "noise suppressor" is on default setting.
It was my amateur days. Was that a mistake? Do I record going in "dry" (no effect?). I tried this but for whatever amateur reason I can not then add an effect to it and I'm stuck with this "dry" lifeless vocal recording permanently, I think. Not sure if my BOSS BR-8 is at fault or it's me. LOL. I couldn't seem to get that "studio" quality that I know is very possible with the BR-8 so therefore I think it is me that is at fault here not the gear.