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Masterclass with Young Guru

Welcome to the new series of Waves Premium Masterclasses – exclusive to Waves Update Plan owners. In this series, the world’s best producers and engineers get a chance to share with you, in depth, a production, recording or mixing topic close to their heart.

In this first Waves Premium Masterclass, hip hop legend Young Guru (Jay Z, The Carters) shares with you his signature vocal mixing techniques, and explains how you can master “the art of subtractive EQ.”

Part 1
Vocal Pre-Mix and Guru’s
Complete Signal Chain
Young Guru shows you how to start your mix with your best foot forward, using proper clip gaining and a good understanding of the musical context. He then shows you how crucial it is to apply subtractive EQ along with compression to properly shape the vocal chain.
Part 2
Mixing Multiple Vocalists
A modern hip-hop production can easily involve several vocalists on the same track. Watch how Guru adjusts his signal chain to enhance each vocalist and make them gel, with one another and with the overall track.
Part 3
Melodic Vocals and
Carving out the Beat
With the right adjustments, subtractive EQ can be a highly effective tool for all tracks and uses. In this chapter, Young Guru reveals his personal subtractive EQ techniques for melodic vocals, and how to create vocal space in the playback for a full, immersive mix.
Young Guru is a Grammy-winning producer and mix-engineer. He is behind for some of the greatest hits in hip hop history. For the past 25 years, Guru has worked side by side with the biggest names in the game, including Jay Z, The Carters, Rihanna, Kanye West, and many more.

Song used in this video: “All or Nothing”

Performed by J.Stone feat. Dave East & Alexandria Dopson
Written by J.Stone, Dave East, Alexandria Dopson
Produced by Artega
Mixed by Young Guru
Visit J Stone on Instagram | Twitter

The music chosen by Young Guru for this masterclass contains explicit lyrics.
Waves is not liable for the artist’s lyrics or text and does not own the publishing rights or copyright to the featured music in any manner.

This is a Waves Premium Masterclass, exclusive to Waves Update Plan owners. The Waves Update Plan is included free for 1 year with every Waves plugin or bundle purchase, and is renewable at any point afterwards. This Premium Masterclass is not available to customers who have only free products in their Waves account.