Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding drama to the choir track, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
One of the main instruments and something that plays through the entire session is this…Choir track. And if we go ahead and take a listen to it...…(music playing)…...we can hear it's kind of a dramatic children's choir kind of thing and its adding this kind…of spooky overtone to the entire song.…It's also giving us the chord change information for this song as well as the bulk of the harmonic content.…Now I want to take this drama and extend it even further with the aesthetic of this track,…kind of make it even more spooky and vibey with this kind of lo-fi sampled sound that we've got going on.…
So the first thing I want to do with this Choir track is add a little bit of delay to it.…And the delay is just going to set it back in the mix a bit, but it's also going to help…with some of these chord change transitions where the chords cut from one chord to another,…and it can be a little bit abrupt, the delay is going to kind of smear those out a little bit.…So we'll just do something simple like a quarter note just a little bit in the Mix area, let's listen to that.…
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