808s are a staple of hip hop productions and can be exciting yet challenging to mix. They often do the kick drum and bass line's job to fill out the bottom of your mix and take up their fair share of space. When mixed properly, they can shake the block like an earthquake.
But how do you make them slam on small speakers? How much is too much?
In this puremix.net exclusive, Hip Hop mixing guru, Rich Keller, breaks down his approach to making massive sounding 808s and the low end he is known for. Hip hop moguls like Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Nipsey Hussle, Swizz Beats, Jadakiss, Nas, DMX, The Notorious B.I.G. and many many more call on Rich to make sure their tracks have the low-end power they need, and now Rich is here to teach you how to make your mixes thump like his.
See how Rich Keller:
Explains the history of the track
Dissects the low-end elements
Explains his process for dealing with a two-track loop that is slightly diffuse and out of phase
Discusses the issues that come with having multiple instruments occupying the low end
Shows his process for making an 808 that will shake the floor even through tiny speakers
Uses stock logic compressors to extend the length of the 808 to fit the groove of the track
Uses a resonant subfilter to clean up the bottom of the mix, keep the 808 contained, and add some distortion to soak up the transient
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Brainworks bx_2098 EQ
UAD Oxford Envolution
High*5 •Thursday, July 13, 2023
Everybody appreciates a nice low-end. Rick Keller is a low-end doctor. Learn it from the 'Pro'.
Manykz •Sunday, May 28, 2023
TOO OLD SCHOOL, CAN U DO MODERN TRAP RAP MIX AND MASTER MASTERCLASS PLEASE? THANK YOU
Fantasmatik •Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Great video, straight to the point and addressing some real-world problem solving, which is great and not so common around here!
Keep bringing more hip-hop stuff!
And @daniel.wolff, that plugin is an emulation of hardware, so I believe if he let it overload the output its because he liked what it did to the sound! I believe gainstaging is more about being aware of what is happening and finding the sweet spots than necessarily avoiding clipping at all stages. Sometimes the grit is wanted, and it is a big part of hip hop sound.
droalv818 •Monday, August 23, 2021
I mess with the bx_subfilter plug -in! It really does so much with just those 4 knobs and selections.
Phantom Studios •Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Awesome video, straight to the point. Thank you!
saunal •Tuesday, November 10, 2020
This musical genre is not really my thing, but his explanations/demonstrations are very clear and very interesting.
Star Jee •Sunday, November 8, 2020
Thanks ! luv' it. Keep on put in more hip hop tracks. Great song from 8 off.
LucBessette •Saturday, November 7, 2020
Great explanations of what the plugins are doing to the waveform and why you are using it. Thanks!
Filipe Costa •Friday, November 6, 2020
fabian.ac •Friday, November 6, 2020
Awesome! Love that there is hip hop!
daniel.wolf •Thursday, November 5, 2020
Great video. I was just wondering why he didn't take care of the clipping in the drum loop. There was no gainstaging and it clipped in the plugin chain. Is it just me who is too finical or should you take care of it as a mixing engineer? Maybe it is genre related and it fits the track... Dunno
studiosix •Thursday, November 5, 2020
Love the explanations and before and afters. Really helps.