Sean Divine demonstrates the different techniques for EQ-ing a verse and how different boosts and cuts work better for certain voices and song types. He also identifies potentially problematic frequencies you might want to keep an eye on.
- [Speaker] EQ, or equalization, is a powerful method…of boosting or reducing specific frequency information…in our hip-hop verse signal.…When used in combination with compression…we have a great amount of sonic control over our signal,…no matter what the microphone, preamp,…or the performer sounds like.…Let me show you some general approaches…on how we can effectively EQ this hip-hop verse.…I'm going to go over here to our bus…and I'm going to open the EQ…and again I'm going to make sure…that we're doing this preliminary EQ.…
We're going to roll off everything below…100, 110 Hz.…100, 110 Hz.…You'll also notice I'm going to playback…and we have a bit of a problem area…between 200-500 Hz here.…(hip-hop music)…Sounds a little bit boxy.…Sometimes you can deal with this…in different booths.…You may have some frequency information…that collects in these areas.…
So we're just going to roll off some of that.…(hip-hop music)…That sounds much better.…Now we're going to do some boosting.…For this I want to load up a different EQ.…
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