Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Building the verse lead-vocal sound, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
So now that we have a good foundation with our percussion, I want to move right along into our vocal sound.…A lot of people save the vocal sound for last, but I like to get it in there as soon as possible.…So that I can build the sound that I want for the lead vocal, which is going to be the…focal element from most of the mix. And then I can add the other tracks of the mix around…it so that I'm not making the track too big for the vocals. I want to get my vocals sounding…big, and then I can fit the rest of the track in that leftover space so that the vocal stays the star.…
So I'm going to start here with the Rap Lead and the Rap Double.…You may have noticed that I muted the stabs and the adlibs in the first tutorial when…I was getting initial levels. Those are just kind of peripheral things, they were kind…of muddy and they were just kind of out there, and I have a very specific idea about how…I'm going to treat them. So I just wanted to kind of get them out of the way, and that's…okay to just kind of mute stuff as you're working, especially if you're going to come…
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