Hip Hop Mixing & Production

Do your trap beats sound generic and unexciting? Watch mixer Sean Divine as he shows you how to create interesting textures, rhythms and timbres using Waves plugins and a basic set of loops.

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2X Grammy-winning producer Focus… (Kendrick Lamar, Eminem) discusses his studio session for Anderson .Paak's “Cheers” with Dr. Dre and Q-Tip, gives tips for humanizing your beats—and shares his secret weapon for giving the song’s drums the right attack.

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Learn how to add power and impact to sampled kicks, snares and claps and make them jump out in the mix. Mixer/producer Sean Divine shows how he sets up and dials in plugin chains for each drum track to get his trap drums popping.

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Are your hip-hop drums not cutting through the mix? Learn how to get them to cut just right by manipulating the attack and sustain of any sample, or by adding to its body and punch. Mixer Sean Devine shows you how.

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Learn how to get a rap verse to sit comfortably into the beat and come to life by adding reverb and delay effects. Mixer/producer Sean Devine demonstrates the process, including how to correct vocal tuning for singing parts.

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Learn how to turn a raw recorded rap verse into one that's fat, punchy and balanced. Mixer/producer Sean Divine shows us how, using a simple routing setup and a carefully selected processing chain.

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Learn 4 crucial steps for mixing clean, professional-sounding hip-hop vocal leads and ad-libs, from multi-platinum producer/mix engineer Lu Diaz (Jay-Z, Beyonce, DJ Khaled). From cleaning up and adding shine, to creating depth and character with FX.

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Are you looking to remove the clean and add a bit of lo-fi grit and vintage flavor to your sound? Here are a few tricks to add analog imperfections, mechanical modulations, and that warm nostalgic vibe to your sound.

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Watch acclaimed hip hop producer Focus… (Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé) reveal his personal hip hop production and mixing techniques. Learn how to get your kick and snare to pop, create space for lead vocals and more.

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808s are a staple of hip hop and electronic music production. But sometimes it’s good NOT to use an existing 808 sample, rather shape your own bass. Producer Focus… (Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Recordings, Kendrick Lamar) explains why.

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