Producer Sean Divine goes through the process of editing hip-hop verse takes and cleaning up audio for best results prior to mixing. He also demonstrates comping a verse to show how you can utilize the different takes we tracked in the recording phase.
- [Instructor] Now that you're almost…finished tracking your vocals,…there are a few things we need to clean up…before we move on to the mixing stage.…First, let's be sure to remove the beginning and ends…of the recording take that are not needed.…There are times in hip-hop…where you may want to leave these parts in…in order to give a recording a more live…or freestyle feel.…However, that's up to you.…Now if the artist is clearing their throat…or doing something not beneficial…to the feeling of the record,…let's get rid of it.…So if I solo our vocal take here,…you're going to hear some headphone bleed,…some dialogue maybe,…some breathing.…
So we want to go ahead,…and get rid of that,…because you will notice in the final mix.…And again this is not something I feel is beneficial,…so we're going to go ahead and just zoom in,…and get rid of these parts.…And we're just dragging the edges over here,…changing the length.…Now, let's take a look at how…to comp our different verse takes in Logic Pro X.…
Comping refers to compiling the best performances…
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