Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Working in the ad lib vocals, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
So last thing I need to do to wrap up my vocal sound here is address my Adlib vocal, and…this comes in at the final chorus, let's just go ahead and listen to that.…(music playing)…So this actually plays some fairly important roles in this song.…
One thing that is very common with urban R&B, hip-hop music arrangements is that unlike…a lot of rock and traditional pop where the production or the arrangement grows significantly…throughout this song, chorus you keep adding more and more instruments.…It's fairly common in a hip-hop track to see the beat kind of just stay the same 16 bars,…some elements come in, some elements leave during different sections, but the way that…the track really gets built is through the vocals.…
So the dynamic change over the course of this song really happens in the way the vocals are stacked.…So more background vocals, more Adlibs coming in towards the end of the song to really take…it home or make it big.…Now in this case, our Adlib is also serving the function of being the first thing 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