Vocals

High-energy rappers are fun to work with, but to mix them properly you need to know how to sweet-en and control aggressive rap vocals. Learn the top 4 ways to achieve this goal, using fundamental mix-ing and recording tools.

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Watch how hip hop / R&B mixer Sean Divine mixes smooth female R&B vocals start-to-finish using his custom vocal plugin chains. Sean’s chain presets are now included in the free Waves StudioRack plugin chainer.

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Producer/mixer Chris Baseford shows you how to control a complex plugin chain for lead vocals, based on two layers of parallel compression – with his ‘Lead Vocals’ chain preset, included in the free StudioRack plugin chainer.

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Grammy-winning producer/engineer Kori Anders (Usher, Future, Gucci Mane) shares his personal tips for getting hard-hitting 808s and kicks to sit together in the mix with soft, warm female R&B lead vocals.

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Watch how to mix tight, bright hip hop vocals quickly, using the Waves StudioRack chain preset ‘Basic Rap Vocals’ by producer/engineer Matt Schaeffer (Kendrick Lamar).

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What works for mixing lead vocals isn’t necessarily best for backing vocals, which need to complement the lead and enhance the song’s arrangement. Use StudioRack’s ‘BVox Polish’ plugin chain preset to polish BVs to perfection.

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Follow these 12 steps to transform raw vocal tracks into a performance that is finished with polish and sheen. Make sure you’re not missing out on anything in your vocal mixing process, from editing to adding EQ and compression.

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Producer Andrew Huang shows 3 unique ways to use and abuse the Waves OVox vocal resynthesis plugin on your vocals and instruments.

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Integrate the unique vocal textures of OVox into your live performances. Watch Musician Rachel K Collier capture a brand-new track through her live Ableton setup using OVox on her voice effects.

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Slap delay is one of the oldest and most-loved FX tricks in mixing history, dating back to Elvis recordings in the ‘50s. Learn how to harness this technique to bring out vibe, energy and emotion in your mixes.

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