Sean Divine explains the different aspects of microphone technique and why it's especially important for hip-hop Vocals. He discusses the ideal proximity to a microphone during performance, using a pop filter, and controlling dynamics naturally.
- [Instructor] Achieving a professional…sounding hip hop vocal also requires…proper microphone technique by the performer.…Let's talk about a few ways to get the best recording…and performance when it comes tracking time.…First make sure you have some distance…between yourself and the microphone.…You should not be touching the microphone.…Appropriately, you may want to be closer for softer sections…and further away for louder sections.…That said, it's generally safe to stay six to ten inches…away from the microphone at all times.…
If you need help maintaining this distance,…you should set up a pop filter…attached to the mic stand that will stay…between your mouth and the microphone.…Later on in the course, I'll show you a technique…called compression that will help…improve the dynamics of any vocal performance.…However, it's also important to develop your own sense…of dynamics to get the best results.…Let me play you a hip hop vocal performance…with great mic technique and natural dynamics.…(hip hop music)…As you'll notice, even in the louder parts…
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