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12 Creative Hip Hop Production Tips with Jeff Ellis

Nov 21, 2023 | 21,532 Views

From rap vocals to 808s to adding crunch to your entire mix, learn these 12 creative tricks for your hip productions, from Grammy-winning producer/engineer Jeff Ellis (Frank Ocean, Doja Cat, Kali Uchis).

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  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:25 – #1 “Unhinge” the vocal with delay
  • 4:11 – #2 Splash crazy color on vocals
  • 7:36 – #3 Make the backing vocals sound “faded”
  • 9:00 – #4 Make adlibs swirl
  • 11:35 – #5 Make your samples more unique
  • 14:15 – #6 Turn your snare into a monk chant!
  • 14:57 – #7 Wrap the backing track around the vocal
  • 16:07 – #8 Filter 808s differently during different sections
  • 20:00 – #9 Help drum samples not sound super-samply
  • 22:12 – #10 Soften your snare to keep attention on the vocal
  • 24:11 – #11 Auto-pan hi-hats so they don’t block the vocal
  • 25:15 – #12 Add crunch to the entire mix
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