Sean Divine shows you how to process and balance a mixed instrumental to better suit your hip-hop vocal recording. Identify trouble areas and solutions to get a more balanced mix.
- [Instructor] In an ideal recording situation,…you'll have access to the session files or multitrack files…for the instrumental you're recording vocals to.…However, sometimes this is not possible,…even if you only have the single mixed wav or mp3 track…for the instrumental.…There are specific mixing techniques we can use…to optimize the instrumental for your recording.…Let me show you a few tricks.…In your instrumental there may be specific…problematic frequencies…that could interfere with your vocal.…For example, the high mids may be dominant…and not leaving enough space…for your vocal to blend correctly.…
Let me play back this verse,…and I want you to focus on an instrument.…In the beat, there's a synth…that is occupying a lot of our mid frequencies.…I'm going to open the EQ and turn on the analyzer…so that you can see what's going on in the spectrum.…("All Out" by Zack Fraley)…♫ Hornet's nest still swarm, QC keep the ground warm…♫ Panthers prowlin' when you hear this…♫ You know Fraley baby with Kuechly on him…
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