Mix engineer Sean Divine shows you final processing. See how to maximize your final mix with limiting to get the levels up to compete with popular releases.
- [Instructor] Once your mix is complete,…you may, naturally want to compare it…to popular releases to see how it stacks up.…The most common difference will be purely in volume.…Commercial releases have become increasingly louder.…And, so you'll naturally want to compete level wise.…Let me show you how we can use a limiter…on the stereo bus to achieve loudness…while being careful to retain our transients and dynamics.…So what I want to do now is, on our stereo bus,…or our master output we're going to load a limiter.…And in this case, I'm going to use iZotope's Ozone…So I'll load that and then we're going to be…specifically using the maximizer…so we'll go over here to this tab.…
And first, I want to go ahead and just playback…with no processing so we can see where we are level wise.…♫ Little bit of change…♫ Little bit of pain…♫ Little bit of rain…♫ Homegirl better grab her umbrella…♫ Got a lot to prove…♫ Got a lot to choose…♫ Get up out the mud…♫ Time to grab my hand…♫ Time for you to get up…♫ We ain't got no time to be depressed no more…
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