Vocals on hip hop track

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by solomongrundy, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. How can I get my vocals to sit in the mix better?
  2. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    DRY, DRY, DRY, DRY, DRY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Suck some low end out, hype the upper mids. Don't worry about making it too loud. Build your basic mix as kick, snare, hat and vocal, use the rest of the sounds to fill in the spaces.

    Good Luck!

    Uncle Bob



    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.


    YOUNGMOE Guest

    what do you mean keep the vocal dry?

    as in using no compression/eq on the way in?
  5. missilanious

    missilanious Guest

    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.
  6. Treena Foster

    Treena Foster Active Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Dry=none at all

    :h: Treena
  7. missilanious

    missilanious Guest

    In the literal sense, yeah.
  8. coming from someone that has been producing hiphop for over 5 years now.. what makes you think the vox should be dry?

    every artist is different, but the nice amount of verb makes the vox sound just that much better...
  9. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    And/or quater-note delay, etc....once again the ONLY rule is make it sound great.
  10. Dan Shay

    Dan Shay Guest

    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.
  11. mattssons

    mattssons Guest


    This is related to anything mixwise.

    *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.

    Best regards


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