Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the claps and hi-hats, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
So, I want to wrap up these drums here with the claps and hi-hat track. Now this clap…track here only happens during the chorus. Let's just take a listen.…(music playing)…And since I've added some distortions, some texture, to some of the other percussion the…clap kind of is sitting out there on its own.…So what I want to do to kind of bring it into the fold is take my Decapitator here and kind…of give it that same sampled vinyl sound that I was using on my perc hits.…
(music playing)…And what that's doing here is giving it a nice saturation and even some compression…so it's kind of flattening out those claps, giving me more sustain kind of taking away…some of the bite, kind of making them slap just a little harder over time.…Now I want to add a little bit of EQ to that to brighten it back up, and I really like…this EQ--I believe it's pronounced mage--but either way I really like this EQ because it's…full of character, and it really lets me bring the brightness out of element.…
So, I use it quit a bit on percussion and vocals and anything I want to kind of take…
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