Mixing Hip-Hop/Rap vocals?

March 18, 2013 @ 14:44:54 PM
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I recently got a mic and interface (the Scarlett 2i2 Studio package), and I recorded a simple rap with a friend. I mixed the vocals once, and they sounded "alright" at the time. I mixed them again to see if I could do anymore justice to them, and they sounded "better" (in comparison to the first mix). I used FL Studio to mix (yeah, probably not the best DAW for mixing vocals, but it's the DAW I'm most comfortable using). I used a noise gate, a compressor, and the parametric EQ (to cut out the low end), but it's still not sounding the way I want it to. Does anyone have any simple advice they can give me?
March 18, 2013 @ 15:43:54 PM
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yeah.
true..
March 18, 2013 @ 15:53:31 PM
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Izotope Ozone.

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March 18, 2013 @ 18:45:10 PM
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Izotope Ozone.

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Don't have.
March 18, 2013 @ 21:37:47 PM
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post the song. hard to give any advice if we can't hear the song. 
March 19, 2013 @ 20:21:48 PM
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post the song. hard to give any advice if we can't hear the song. 
http://snd.sc/ZQ3wd3
trash the lyrics idc they're all a joke i just wanna get better at mixing vocals
April 06, 2013 @ 06:16:50 AM
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Doesn't sound too bad..What is it that doesn't sound the way you want it to?  

Maybe roll off a little more on the low end. 
April 07, 2013 @ 23:39:58 PM
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Doesn't sound too bad..What is it that doesn't sound the way you want it to?  

Maybe roll off a little more on the low end. 
it's hard to explain man. like, i want vocals that sound more like they were recorded in a nice studio, because these were actually recorded in a small closet in a basement bathroom. i did what one of the guys above said and got izotope ozone 4 and now my mixes sound a lot better, but i still feel like they could be even better. here's an example of a mix using izotope ozone 4: http://snd.sc/10CPAUg  
April 08, 2013 @ 00:02:58 AM
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Use a mic preamp. That's actually what I want to do. Most rap vocals sound low or grainy due to not having a proper amp.  Interfaces do have preamps but they're not that great.

This is my current recording setup if you are looking for improvements:
Primacoustic VoxGuard
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Focusrite 500 (mic preamp will arrival in mail next week)
MXL mic (though prob changing soon)

Oh and I use Reason for vocals just so I don't have to work between programs.
 
April 08, 2013 @ 00:09:19 AM
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Originally posted by Inactive User
Use a mic preamp.
any suggestions on what i should possibly get?
April 08, 2013 @ 00:10:03 AM
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I just editted with my setup sorry shoulda posted first time
April 08, 2013 @ 00:13:13 AM
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Originally posted by Inactive User
I just editted with my setup sorry shoulda posted first time
thanks man. can i get a link to your music so i can compare my mixes to yours?
April 08, 2013 @ 00:14:58 AM
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Nothing with a preamp so far, I believe I have my Girlfriend recorded though on this computer I'll PM.
April 08, 2013 @ 00:18:05 AM
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Originally posted by Inactive User
Nothing with a preamp so far, I believe I have my Girlfriend recorded though on this computer I'll PM.
alright man.
April 08, 2013 @ 14:11:44 PM
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one trick we've used is to split the vocal track into two parts, and pan one to the right/one to the left about 45 degrees. it can make vocals sound 'wider', which sounds like you might be going for that?

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April 08, 2013 @ 20:57:06 PM
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one trick we've used is to split the vocal track into two parts, and pan one to the right/one to the left about 45 degrees. it can make vocals sound 'wider', which sounds like you might be going for that?
i understand what you're saying. i'll try that out later and see if i get the result i'm looking for.
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