Mix engineer Sean Divine walks through how to use compression on a verse to help mesh with the instrumental. He covers basic compression terminology and functions in the context of a hip-hop verse, like attack and release times, ratio, and threshold.
- [Instructor] Compression is one of the most…important processes in helping…a hip-hop vocal be clearly heard, impactful,…and balanced with our instrumental tracks.…While compression can be difficult to hear at first,…I'm going to show you it's function…and also how to recognizes it's effect…on the sound of our hip-hop vocal.…So first, what is compression?…In simple terms, compression is the process…of narrowing an audio signal's dynamic range.…Essentially we're reducing the louder parts…and increasing the quieter parts of the vocal.…Let me load our compressor on to our vocal bus…and show you the basic elements.…
So I'm going to go over here and we're going to open…our compressor from FabFilter Pro-C.…So the first thing to notice in our compressor…is we have a style option.…This is referring to the colors, if you will,…of the compressor, and this is the control…you're going to find on many compressors out there.…So on the Pro-C we have a Clean option, a Classic, and Opto.…I would recommend sticking with the Clean for now,…
In this course, Sean Divine—a producer and mix engineer whose instrumental catalog has received millions of plays online—demonstrates vocal recording and mixing techniques that can yield impressive results. While Sean uses Logic Pro in this video, he explains concepts in a way that are applicable to the digital audio workstations and audio plugins of your choice. To begin, he covers a few initial concepts in the tracking process, like microphone techniques and vocal editing. Next, Sean walks you through the mixing process and touches on unique plugin techniques that can help you reduce harshness and sibilance. Finally, he explains basic mastering concepts and shares tricks that can help your hip-hop song compete with other commercial tracks.
- Maximizing a hip-hop vocal with layering
- Recording ad libs
- Editing and comping hip-hop vocals
- Mixing hip-hop vocals
- Processing a premixed instrumental