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how to properly record and mix rap vox?
Old 4th February 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Rredline ➡️
So your saying it didn't even need any stacked vocals or anything like that? and it was through a clean pre?

just one mono track with some little eq and compression?

I just dont see the sound of modern rap as being a single track with some light compression and eq.

its like you as a question on hear and if you dont ask correctly people just shoot you down.
Just ignore it its a reg in thr Hip Hop forums,but their is a lot to know.
To get started record in with light compression only 2:1 ratio.

Do a main lead,then at least one double and compress the dub more than the lead with a plugin. Keep both centered. Then do 1-2 adlib tracks and compress them an have the level of them under the dub which will be under the leads.

If you want slightly pan the ad libs left and right.

After recorded cut 60-100hz highpass on all vocals and boost only the lead 6db at 10-12K and 3-5Kish if need presence or sheen. Run all leads and dubs to an aux track aka group bus and then put a slight bit of compression on the group bus to glue them toghether. Then make a reverb send bus(small plate verb), and send the vocal group bus to the revrb.Just put a tiny unnoticable amount of verb on rap vovals.You can even use a delay with a short delay time instead or use delay and reverb. Experiment.

Last use a longer delay on the adlibs,(which you did noy group with the leads and doubles),to give a slight more echo effect.Now tweak like crazy.

There are many ways of doing it and there is a lot to try but try this and see what happens. I feel you that you need somewhere to start. Just keep doing you and ask questions.There will always be people, "shooting you down" but there are alot of heads here that just wanna help too.

But something that alot dont make known that much is,the way to really get good sounding vocals is not just the artist but its the right mic and pre amp combo. There are people that say its not the gear and that is very untrue. The most valuable asset to have as a engineer is to get to the point where you know which mic and pre to use on a certain voice or style.But they have lots of gear we dont.So really choose a couple of the best pieces you can and get to know them.Having the right GEAR takes out alot of the need to be a engineering genius to get a decent sound.But to be good engineer you DO need to learn what your doing cause there is no cookie cutter method.But start out with a cookie cutter method and build.

Good luck. Sorry for the lecture.Really just righting my own thoughts out.
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