Join Sean Divine for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the free exercise files, part of Learning Vocal Production: Hip-Hop.
- [Lecturer] While there are no exercise files included, I have included a handy list of recommended microphones and preamps. These are all pieces of gear that I have personal experience with, so you can take a look at my notes and use these to your advantage. There are also two channel strip presets that are included, and these are for Logic Pro users. All you need to do is download these and we're going to be moving them to your music folder. So then we'll select Audio Music Apps, Channel Strip Settings, and we're going to be putting them in our Bus folder.
So we'll select these, drag them over and then we're going to open Logic Pro and all you need to do to use these channel strip settings is to create a bus, a new bus track and you can simply click Setting, go down to User Channel Strip Settings and both of these will show up in that menu, so you can load them as such. You can use these as a starting point for any hip-hop vocal effects chain.
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