When it comes to mixing Hip Hop, vocals can be some of the most fun elements to work with. Other times, they can prove difficult with a broad dynamic range, problems with the original recording, and having to fit them into a two-track instrumental when you cannot get the multitrack.
In this puremix.net exclusive, Hip Hop mixing mogul, Rich Keller, teaches you the techniques he has used on thousands of smash hit tracks on a song from Nicky G, produced by Baby Winsch.
See how Rich Keller:
Creates a harmony of the lead track to enhance the hook and add dimension
Enhances a two track beat from the producer
Breaks down his classic vocal setting for the Distressor he used on classic records from Nas, DMX, and many more
Makes the vocal shine with subtle moves on an SSL eq
Uses the dynamics section of an SSL channel strip plugin to make the vocal sit in the track, adding a glue between the vocal and the mix
Adds dynamic ambience to the vocal using Valhalla Shimmer and the Boz Imperial Delay in series
Explains his approach to the mix bus, using the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, Fabfilter's Saturn saturation and Pro-L2.
Teaches how to use the latest version of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
Uses the Fabfilter Saturn across the mix bus to add harmonic excitement and top end sheen
Dials in the Pro-L2 to control peaks
Watch Rich Keller, mix "Hero" from Nicky G. Only on pureMix.net
Antares Auto-Tune Pro
Boz Iperial Delay
Braniworx bx_console SSL 4000 E
Fab Filter Pro-L2
Fab Filter Saturn
Shadow Hills Class A Mastering Comp
Sound Toys Little Alter Boy
VictorMiranda •Saturday, September 2, 2023
stanley •Saturday, July 15, 2023
Very helpful! Thank you so much !
fred.t •Friday, June 16, 2023
Pablogerez9 •Sunday, April 16, 2023
kevinhenneigh •Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Exactly what I was looking for. Got thrown into logic doing just this. Thanks for removing the mystery!
lucas.med •Saturday, March 6, 2021
Aos 04:40 quando encaixou o beat... oh... eu quase chorei, genial ! abraços do Brasil !!
lvbthoven •Saturday, January 23, 2021
This may be my favorite puremix video! A skilled veteran, doing triage, in pitstop record time! But, given the reference to diatonic scales, "listen to what's in front of you", I think one of those monks has got to give himself up... the only F natural in the track was the one that got added. There are F#'s in the guitar part that would make parallel 4ths idea all good until that one word. You know the one, right?
aranilemusic •Thursday, January 7, 2021
With all due respect and I am just a student but wouldn’t the vocal have benefited from some repair work before hand due to the distortion baked in from the lack of gain staging during tracking? Izotope de-clip would of done a great job smoothing this out to make mixing less tedious. In my humble opinion and respect to the teacher
alexgabaa •Sunday, December 6, 2020
matt.hag •Wednesday, November 25, 2020
A lot of negative comments here. But the reality is that in the modern era of 'audio engineering' this is actually an extremely useful video because of:
A) how quick he mixes the song
B) how minimal his mix is as far as tools he uses
C) how minimal the production is and how he manages to make 'more' out of having 'less'.
If you're a 'lower level' professional engineer like myself or most engineers in the industry, these are issues that frequently come up in day to day studio situations when your bread and butter are nickel and dime artists with low budgets
Thanks for the great content guys!
daniel.wolf •Sunday, November 22, 2020
And again... Clipping due to no gain staging. A little disappointing tbh
Phantom Studios •Thursday, November 19, 2020
Excellent video, perfect length with lots of useful information. Thank you!
dspasic •Sunday, November 15, 2020
the distressor part - to my ears it isn't smoothed out, it's ruined (specially the part 'hero' where you pointed at). The word is just ruined, not leveled.. Other than that great video!
AriJordan20 •Thursday, November 12, 2020
It would help if we could get a more in-depth tutorial on 2 track mixes or just more in general. This appears to be one of the biggest challenges with mixing hip hop today. This was a great tutorial by the way especially with the use of single vocals and making them come to life. Also, will we be getting the session files for this to work with on our own?
Danbouch •Wednesday, November 11, 2020
What is so wrong with dynamic vocals? Soundcloud, YOOOOTUBE and the like are going to destroy it anyhow.