Sean Divine demonstrates how to properly organize, color code, name, and order tracks. He introduces the uses for buses, sends, aux channels, and FX preset chains to mix more efficiently.
- [Instructor] You're almost ready to dive…into the most important process in getting…professional-sounding hip-hop vocals: mixing.…Before we get started, it's important that you…organize and prepare your sessions…for this process properly.…While it may seem tedious, it will help you…tremendously in navigating around the tracks…in your sessions for the mixing process.…First, you should make sure all tracks have proper,…easy-to-recognize names.…For instance, in our session here you'll see that some have…simply numbers.…We want to make sure that we're going to be able…to easily identify the tracks from our mix window.…
So let's go ahead and do some better naming here…in our arrange window…so that when we go back to our mixing view,…we're going to be able to know what we're processing…and how we're routing these various channels.…Next, we can use color coding for visual indicators…in the arrangement.…For example, we can color all instruments one color…and all vocals another.…So let's go into our arrangement window.…
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