Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding automation, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
Now that I have a good static mix of all of my elements, I can move on to automate some…parts to add movement or change throughout the session.…Now as far as an automation strategy in this style of music, it's going to be a little…bit different than let's say a vocal jazz session where I might be using lots of automation…rides on the vocals and the instruments in lieu of heavy compression.…In this case, I'm looking to use automation to kind of make things change or be a little…bit more interesting from section to section when I'm really just looping the same elements over and over.…
So I'm looking to use automation in certain places to keep the parts interesting that…are just looping over and over again.…One area that I can focus on to start with are my hi-hats. And since the hi-hats really…are just kind of the same loop that start towards the end of the verses and carried…through the choruses, one real easy thing I can do is automate their volume level so…that they come down a little bit when they first appear and then kick up in the chorus…
Recommended prerequisites: Pro Tools Essential Training and Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering
- Setting up the mixer
- Layering kicks and low-frequency management
- Enhancing the lead vocals
- Working with rap "stabs" and "adlibs"
- Processing vocals with EQ, compression, and other effects
- Warming up bass and low-frequency tones
- Re-creating a "sampled vinyl" sound
- Creating "width" and "depth" in the stereo field
- Adding automation
- Mastering the track with compression and limiting
- Bouncing out a stereo mix