Mixing Hip Hop - The Definitive Guide For Producers
"Eddie takes you through a live Hip Hop project. Get this book if you're serious about your Hip Hop production and you want to take your mixes to the next level!" Jay Hales
This is not just an e-Book. Oh no! It offers over 200 pages and 26 videos of Hip Hop production secrets that will help both beginners and more experienced Beat Makers and Producers alike. It's accompanied by a massive collection of before/after audio examples, screenshots and supplementary videos.
200 page Ebook (PDF)
300 Audio Files
1.4 Gb (Compressed Zip)
Chapters 1 & 2:
As this is a live and real project, Eddie spends the first chapter showing you the best way to analyse and prepare the provided content from the artist / studio. He then shows you how he gets organised, setting up FX channels, groups etc in order to speed up the general work flow. He also covers the importance of gain staging and setting up your meters correctly from the outset. Next is 'band-pass cleaning' to separate all elements into their own frequency spectrum. This results in a much cleaner mix.
Chapters 3 & 4:
Eddie shows you how he likes to set up his master bus (actually he has 3 of them) with different kinds of EQs, compressors, exciters and limiters - all for different mixing situations. He's now ready for whatever the mix throws at him. He continues with his 'cleaning' of the content and moves onto the first 'level and pan' mix. This is the most important stage aside from gain staging. Eddie also teaches the importance of mixing whilst referencing to a pink noise track.
Chapters 5 & 6:
Moving onto effects, Eddie explains the importance of setting up FX busses for the 3 main reverb source types, mix, drums and vocals. He talks about his particular reverb plugin choices and why he uses them for this Hip Hop project.
He then goes onto why and how to set up groups for dynamics, eg. to 'gel' all the drums or percussion together. Again he explains why he chooses a particular type of compressor or clipper to suit the element in question.
Chapters 7 & 8:
The low end is of utmost importance in Hip Hop music! But don't worry as Eddie and his years of experience are here to guide and teach you. Accurate band-passing and 'stealing transients' are your friendly processes here. Eddie also lets you into a secret plugin which will make your kick punch through the mix everytime. After adding a little distortion to the bass (and a whole lot more), Eddie teaches you about dynamic EQ plugins - EQ plugins that behave a little like compressors. The result being that the bass now moves and swells and comes to life.
Chapters 9 & 10:
Next, Eddie goes to work on the synths and percussion. He continues with his various weapons of choice (plugins) and uses corrective EQ on certain things, all the while explaining why he is doing something or why he using a particular plugin.
As well as bringing the percussion to life with EQ, reverb and saturation, he also shows you a neat trick by using delay as a reverb. This tends to be much cleaner as you get less reflections cluttering up the place.
Chapters 11 & 12:
In most songs, vocals take centre stage. It's what sells the track. But what happens if the stems are sent to you with poor tuning, glitches and spikes or headphone spill? This is what happened in this real project so fortunately Eddie can show you how to fix all of these problems. After these corrections, Eddie gets that pro polished sound by adding various EQ types, distortion, harmonizer, compression, limiting and reverb. You will not believe the difference between before and after and of course all these audio files are available to listen to within the download zip file.
Eddie Bazil is a professional Mixing Engineer / Sound Designer and his expert knowledge and years in the industry working with the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Busta Rhymes, Spandau Ballet, DJ Shadow (to name a few) really shines through. And if you need any further clarification that Eddie knows what he's on about he also writes articles for Sound On Sound magazine.
"A true and insightful masterclass from a highly skilled professional"
More Info about what you get inside 'Mixing Hip Hop - The Definitive Guide'
Designed for producers of all levels, as well as artists who want to up the quality of their self-produced tunes, we take you through the ups and downs of a real-word hip hop project, revealing a host of industry tips, tricks and techniques along the way, and all the time explaining the why as well as the how. Everything’s focused on meeting the needs of classic hip hop productions, but it’s all relevant to other urban, dance and pop genres, and for anyone interested in music production more generally.
Like our recent highly acclaimed Mix Bus Strategies e-learning package, Mixing Hip Hop takes the form of a hands-on, example-rich PDF eBook that’s backed up with dozens of audio and video examples —this time there are over 200 pages packed with useful screenshots, 26 video tutorials and 300 uncompressed, pristine-quality 24-bit 44.1kHz WAV files.
Everything’s neatly organized by chapter —read the book, follow the richly illustrated step-by-step examples. About half of the videos are specific to the track the book concentrates on, while the other half focus on production techniques more general.
The audio files include the before and after multi-tracks and stereo mixes, so you can import everything into your DAW and put the techniques techniques into practice. The book starts with the raw multi tracks, assessing what’s good and not so good about the recordings, and exploring strategies to tackle any problems — everything from noise reduction to replacing or pseudo mastering at the mix-bus.
Finally, it’s time to sprinkle the gold dust — the book displays how a mix engineer can take things much, much further, when they have free rein to stray beyond the brief. The book explores everything from creative use of effects, triggering new sounds via MIDI that’s been extracted from the audio parts, to sophisticated processing and routing strategies that can be used to apply a truly professional sheen to the mix. We think you’ll be impressed by the results!
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Eddie’s professional musical career started during his teens, when he became a programmer for some of the most notable Electro/New Wave and Dance/Rap bands of the time, including AON, DJ Shadow, Juice, Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet, C Campbell, Bobin, Paul Dee, Jets Orchestra, DJ Krush and many more. His career and experience progressed as he became a popular remixer and producer, working on projects with Busta Rhymes, SFP, Bobin, Dee, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Sleeveless, Greensleeves, 9 Bar and Gam Productions, with many of his tracks achieving top chart positions. He is currently involved in various production, remixing and sound-design projects, as well as sharing his knowledge by teaching workshops and providing online tuition through Samplecraze. Eddie has also been a contributing writer for Sound on Sound, and has published several books on audio technology.
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