Hip Hop Mixing & Production

“Drums can just be drums. But now they’re not.” Watch how producer Focus… (Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Recordings, Kendrick Lamar) uses the Torque drum tone shifter and other plugins to give his drum samples the exact feel he wants.

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FOH engineer Tomas Wolfe keeps a smooth live mix for RTJ’s sold-out shows, even with mic cupping, heavy bass and other challenges faced at live hip hop shows. Find out how he does it running plugins inside his eMotion LV1 mixer.

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How do you breathe life and soul into programmed drums? We hit up producer, mixer and original 80s drum machine master Jimmy Bralower (Madonna, Nile Rodgers, Kurtis Blow, Hall & Oates) for his drum programming secrets.

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"Miami is an aggressive city! The clubs, the streets, the people... Sonically, you want to be aggressive with how your music is produced,” says Mix Engineer, Producer Derek Garcia (DJ Khaled, Kodak Black, Rick Ross). Derek dishes out some tips for those with a vice for bigger, louder mixes.

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Can’t get your vocals to cut through a busy beat? Learn a simple trick to make more room for vocals even when the beat behind them is already complete.

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Seven leading producers, mixers and DJs share their tips on how to get the most punch, clarity and low-end impact out of your 808 drums and bass lines.

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2x Grammy-winning producer and mix engineer Focus... (Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem) shares his personal production tips and the top 5 qualities every successful producer must have.

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As hip hop icon Snoop Dogg celebrates his 45th birthday, longtime live sound engineer and friend Dave Aron shares his experiences from 20 years on the road.

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Mixing Engineer Fabian Marasciullo tells you how to liven up your drum loops with the Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter plugin.

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In this video tutorial with Czar Smith from the Waves Street Team, you will learn how to boost your 2-track hip-hop mix when you don’t have access to the original individual tracks.

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