Sean Divine identifies key ways to make a simple hip-hop hook or bridge vocal stand out and sound unique from the verse. See how to add excitement with effects and create a wider sound.
- [Instructor] Let's explore a couple mixing techniques…that will allow you to further differentiate your…verse and chorus vocals and make the chorus…sound more exciting.…One more way to achieve a more exciting sound for the chorus…is to utilize a more obvious reverb with a larger space.…Let me go ahead and play back this chorus or hook for you.…As you'll see we have two different hook layers,…a main one and a main two.…And we're going to be processing these differently.…But I'm going to go ahead and play back so that we can…get a feel for what we're dealing with.…
("Heart on My Sleeve" by Sicily)…♫ Heart on my sleeve is nothing to me…♫ As long as I know that you got me…♫ As long as I know that you got me…♫ Heart on my sleeve is nothing to me…♫ As long as I know that you got me…♫ As long as I know that you got me…♫ Still I think of it…So let's go ahead and deal first with this Hook Main 1.…So I'm going to mute Hook Main 2 for now.…And again we want to create a larger sense of space here.…It's a very dry vocal at this stage.…
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