PUREMIX Rich Keller Mixing Hip Hop Vocals TUTORiAL
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