Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools
Watch professional producer and mixer Brian Lee White at work in his element, as he assembles a fully mixed hip-hop track from raw stems. This advanced course gives you a peek over Brian's shoulder as he moves sequentially through the mixing process in Pro Tools. He begins by adjusting the basic level and pan settings while establishing a strong percussive foundation with the drums and bass. He then works through the vocals, featuring rapper K-I-D and vocalist Jonathan President, and individually builds up the verses, hooks, and background tracks with EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and additional effects. Working the mix to add drama and build excitement, Brian optimizes levels using automation. In the last step, Brian fine-tunes the master bus effects, prints the stereo mix, and reviews the final master.
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
Hi, I am Brian Lee White, and welcome to Mixing a Hip-hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools. In this advanced course, we'll work our way through a mix from scratch. Starting with the RAW tracks, I'll walk you through getting Basic Level and Pan Settings. Next, I move on to the Drums and Percussive Elements to set up a powerful foundation. After that, I'll add in the Rap and Hook vocals and get the artist sounding super fresh before layering in the backing instruments and samples to fill out the track.
Using Track and Plug-In Automation, I will optimize levels, add drama, and build excitement from section to section. Finally, I'll touch up any loose ends, fine tune my Master Bus Effects, and balance out the finished mix to a Stereo Master. So if you are ready, I am ready. Let's get started.
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