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How do you mix down Rap Vocals

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Djtmagik, May 12, 2002.

  1. Djtmagik

    Djtmagik Guest

    How do you mix down the vocals to make them stand out of the track,.,.,..

    do you do a soft pan on the doulbes and center the adlibs or vice versa..
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    This is what I usually do:

    Single tracked lead vocals are not panned.

    Double tracked lead vocals are panned in
    opposite directions, usually about 25% or so,
    and various effects are used to emphasize the
    stereo image:

    a) A 20-40 ms. delay (no feedback) is
    applied to one channel.
    b) for singing, one channel is pitch
    shifted by 5-10 cents and the other
    channel is shifted by -10 to -5 cents.
    c) one channel is equalized for an emphasis
    in treble, one with an emphasis in
    bass, and the channels are brought closer

    Incidental vocals are usually effected in some
    way (e.g. a bandpass) and are panned but not
    too drastically.

    But above all, just experiment; it's fun.
  3. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    If I got a lead, 2 doubles and an ad lib, I keep the Lead & Ad at 12 o clock, then I'll voc align the doubles (sometimes I don't) and hard pan them. Vocalign helps the hard pans sound nice & tight as well as big & wide. I'm also a sucker for taking the main rhythm instrument (or a bus of the main rhythm) and KEY compressing (and sometimes ducking it with a gate) it from the lead rap so everytime the rapper says something, the track gets out of it's way. I use this pretty moderately most of the time, especially if I'm compressing my stereo bus.

    Also, I usually compress a lot more on rap vocals which will help make up for rapper breathe control, but a lot of the time I have to de ess after the compressor.

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