Mix engineer Sean Divine presents techniques for utilizing parallel or "New York Compression," and how it can be particularly beneficial for achieving thick, present hip-hop verse vocals.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at a particularly…useful type of compression: parallel compression,…otherwise known as New York Compression.…This technique is especially helpful when mixing hip-hop…to thicken or enhance the presence of the verse vocal.…Parallel compression is essentially mixing the dry signal,…or lightly compressed vocal signal…with a much more heavily compressed version…of the same signal.…Let me show you how we can use parallel compression…to help thicken this hip-hop verse vocal…and make it more easily heard.…The first thing we need to do is…duplicate our main verse channel.…
This is the track that we compressed in the previous video.…So, I'm going to select this channel…and we're going to hit command + D to duplicate the track.…We're then going to select the region…and while holding option, we're going to drag that down below.…So now we have an exact copy of the main verse layer.…Now, for this layer,…we're going to be heavily compressing this,…and mixing it in with our lightly compressed…
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