I had a pretty big hip hop mixer recommend putting the vocals up in the mix first. Put your compression on it and find the level where it feels right. Then put up the snare, the hit hat, instruments, and leave the bass and kick for last.
It helped me find that spot for the vocal, and I have been doing that ever since.
Keep the vocal dry, and find the right compressor.
he means not to much on effects, or none at all (reverbs, delays, chorus', ext....). Having no effects on the vocals tend to leave them sitiing up closer and clearer in the mix. Eq and Compression are both fine, on Eq'ing try to get the right sound coming from the mic, if need be then use some eq.
I'd say use 'verb very sparingly. Many new to recording have a habit of drowning sound. Just remember, you've got the verb you add, then the verb of the room the listener is in, which can get quite out of hand.
Other than that, yeah, what ever sounds good. Like I like that delay to kick in every once in a while for emphasis and what not.
*There are 3 ways to make stuff sound more or less distant in the sound field.
1. Level,you know, people far away can't be heard.
2. Less highs and lows, humans here most around 3 khz, (Where our kids scream..) so distant sounds have less highs and lows.Caution! do not cut to much lows or it will sound like a telephone voice.Rap needs bass right?!
3.Reverb/delays, more reverb and it all moves back.Delays are easier to use and still stay upfront. But dry is good, when you need the close sound.
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