hip hop mixing

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by mobilelab, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. mobilelab

    mobilelab Active Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    For the past few months I've been mixing hip hop for some friends of mine. i have experience mostly with rock so i referenced quite a few brand new, mainstream hip-hop albums. This is where my questions lie:
    1. It seems as though almost all( if not all ) of the instrumentation/vocals are panned dead center, w/ the exception of chorus background vocals. Am I wrong?
    2. It also seems as though the main vocal is dry of spatial effects ( i.e.: reverb, delay ). Again, am I wrong?
    I have to admit, this has been an interesting challenge. With so much going on dead center, I've become pretty handy with my 7-band eq and compressors, both single and multiband. Anyone with hip-hop mixing experience please help. Thank you.
  2. Imago

    Imago Guest

    what you need to do is create a little wider stereo spread of the beat. then just sink the main vocals straight up at 12:00 then pan any overdub vocals to the right and left. check out a book called "the art of mixing" It is the best way to get a Mental picture of how the mix should sound or "look"(mentally)(Read the book and you'll understand). Not just with rap, but this book will help you in all aspects of mixing.


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