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Lu Diaz: Producing & Mixing Better Hip Hop

Learn how to take a hip hop song from good to great with the right production and mixing touches
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Watch How a Master Mixes Hip Hop

In today’s music world, where everyone is a producer—you want to separate yourself from the good and take your music to great.

In this Waves Premium Masterclass, 3x Grammy®-winning producer/engineer Lu Diaz (Jay Z, Pitbull, DJ Khaled, Beyoncé) invites you to a session with hip hop artist Rey King. Watch as they bring a demo to the next level—making the low end more competitive, adding drama to loops and drops, and improving vocal hooks and adlibs.

Join Lu Diaz in the Studio

  • Competitive Low End: Drums, 808s, and Arrangement

    Learn how even small touches can make a big difference to the low end of a hip hop track. Lu reveals his workflow for getting stronger 808s and other low-end elements, plus subtle tricks you can use on your loops, synths, and drops to build drama: Watch now

  • Polishing Vocals, Adlibs, and Hooks

    Clear, natural-sounding vocals that still vibe can separate your hip hop track from the rest. Get a rare look at how Lu works with Rey to re-record vocals and give them that final feel, in real time, by placing just the right amount of effects to elevate the hook and make everything fit just right: Watch now

About Lu Diaz

Lu Diaz is a 3-time Grammy® Award winner with over 50 gold and platinum awards credited to his name. With a career spanning over 25 years, he has recorded, mixed and produced for some of the world’s best-selling artists including Beyoncé, DJ Khaled, Pitbull, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill, Lil Jon and Jay Z.

Song used in this video: “Never Be The Same” Performed, Written & Produced by Rey King Mixed by Lu Diaz Recorded at Astro Studios, Atlanta