Sean Divine shows you different methods for using delay to create width and make a hip-hop verse vocal more exciting. He also explains the concept of a "delay throw" and how it can help fill in space for a hip-hop vocal.
- [Instructor] I receive many questions from artists…interested in achieving a greater sense of width…in their hip-hop vocals.…A great way to achieve this width is with the delay,…specifically a faster delay.…Let me show you this technique in action.…Let's go to our vocal channel…and we're going to create a new bus for a delay.…So let's just go ahead and let's use Bus 7.…So now we're going to put a delay on this aux channel.…So we'll go over to Bus 7…and we're going to select the Waves H-Delay.…
So we'll open that up…and we're going to be turning the dry wet.…We're going to turn this down…'cause this is going to be a solo effect…and we're going to be using a faster delay.…So let's go to, let's start say at 132nd note.…(hip-hop music)…And we're going to turn our send up here.…(hip-hop music)…And let's set it to BPM lock…so that will set according to our tempo.…
And then we're going to select ping-pong,…meaning we're going to have a left and right stereo delay here.…(hip-hop music)…And you want to make sure and turn this send down…
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