Producer and mix engineer Sean Divine explains what types of microphones and preamps tend to yield the best results for hip-hop style vocals. He also demonstrates that it's possible to achieve professional results for your vocals, even using a modest recording setup.
- [Voiceover] Many of you may be wondering…what microphone and preamplifier will give me…the best sound for hip hop vocals.…Results will vary depending on your vocal type.…But there are some things to consider…to make the best choice.…Generally, you'll be looking to purchase a condenser or…dynamic microphone and pair it with a quality preamplifier.…Here's a list of some of my recommendations.…If you're looking for a particularly bright microphone…with vary smooth top-end, check out the Shure KSM32.…
If you're looking for a little bit warmer sounds,…something a bit more vintage,…check out the Rode K2.…You may have preamps built into your…audio interface in some cases.…But you can also purchase a separate preamp…to provide even better quality.…There's a common misconception placing…priority on only the microphone.…However, your microphone can only perform…and sound it's best when paired with a quality preamp…and good analog to digital converters.…These will carry your audio signals into your computer,…to be recorded in a D-A-W.…
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