Sean Divine explains the importance of reverb in the context of hip-hop vocals. Reverb can help create a sense of space for your vocals and help them blend more naturally with the instrumental.
- [Instructor] Reverb is a powerful tool…for creating a sense of space in your vocal mixes.…Specifically in hip-hop, the trends for reverb use…tend to shift often.…Early hip-hop frowned upon the use of noticeable reverbs…due to the perception that it sounded…less natural or live.…Currently we're hearing much more prevalent use of reverb…in hip-hop vocal mixing.…I'm going to show you how we can use reverb…in a subtle and creative way…to help blend the vocal with our instrumental…and give it a more polished sound.…We have two options for using our reverb…on our hip-hop vocal.…
One, we can use it as an insert,…or two, we can put a reverb on an aux channel…and then use a send.…So I'm going to show you both of these methods.…Now it's personal preference which one…you would like to use.…However, a send aux channel will allow you…to potentially use a reverb for other tracks in the session.…Most importantly, we're going to EQ the reverb.…Which is very easy to do on an aux channel.…You have a lot more control if you use a reverb in this way.…
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