mixing hip hop vocals

Producing great hip hop vocals

One of the biggest mistakes I see in the studio is checking the mic with the artist behind it. It takes them out of the zone. I’ve seen engineers do it dozens of times and I see the look on the artist’s face when it’s happening. When the artist sets up behind the mic, he or she either has the mindset of being ready to give a great performance – or is scared to death and doesn’t need anything else throwing him or her off. Read more.

Making Beats With the Akai MPC

When it comes to hip hop, few pieces of gear are more iconic than the Akai MPC series drum machine, sampler, and sequencer. Easily recognizable by its matrix of trigger pads, the MPC (Music Production Center or MIDI Production Center) has been used by some of hip hop’s greatest producers and by innovative music makers in countless other genres. Read more.