Mix engineer Sean Divine presents methods for going through a hip-hop vocal multiple times before settling on a take, making sure to layer the vocals for thickness and presence.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at the recording technique…of layering and why it's so important…for a professional hip-hop vocal recording.…In this session,…you will notice here…that the verse vocal has a main layer,…followed by backing or supporting layers.…They are delivered the same way by the performer,…but naturally there will be some differences in tone.…Let's take a listen to the different layers.…First, I'm going to play back the verse…with all of our layers active,…including the main verse.…♫ The proverbial wave of emotion…♫ Good thing I'm inclined to the notion…♫ To bring out these schematic acrobatics…♫ And lyrical verticals giving them vertigo…♫ Permeate every part of your body…♫ With something you probably don't recognize…♫ As highly contagious…♫ Ill bars, airborne, you sick with it…♫ I come in pill form…♫ I ain't the only buzz in my city…- [Instructor] Let me play some of the backing layers,…just so we can hear what's going on.…
And you'll notice that they're very similar.…♫ Wave of emotion…♫ Good thing I'm inclined to the notion…
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