Willy Motherfuckin G – Mixing

I’m going to document my progress at this mixing craic here. So here’s the unmixed tune first of all, just a limiter on the master track.

 

I sacked Ableton 9 Live Lite, it had hardly any plug ins at all. No limiter, No proper EQ, no Gate or whatever the fuck. I loaded up an old version 11 of FL Studio from my old laptop and it seems to have a lot more plug ins, so I am going to get mixing now. There was a limiter already on the master channel when I loaded the instrumental and the vocals in, so it stopped it clipping.

I recorded these vocals in Ableton, then I bounced the stems out one at a time, but also bounced them all out together as well. I just decided to use the all together one to make this rough version. Im not sure my cpu could handle putting effects on all the stems, hopefully it can but we will see soon as I intend to mix the verses, add libs, hook layers and intro all separately for the finished product.

I know the vocals in this rough unmixed version sound raw as fuck, but I’m just sticking it up to document progress so you can see the difference in a mixed vocal and a raw one.

I’m using a Rode nt1-A Microphone hooked up to a Scarlett 2i2 usb recording interface. Ive got a kind of small padded guard that goes around the mic, that acts as soundproofing and a pop shield. Im using Abelton 9 Live Lite and FL Studio 11 Producer Edition.

I will post the Accapella on Sound Cloud for free download too for anyone who wants to remix this shit.

 

Mixing Hip Hop Vocals

Right, I’ve laid the vocals for a new song, just to practice mixing and recording, flow and delivery before I start on this mixtape. Its a remix of Eminems ‘My Name Is’ called Willy Motherfuckin G. I’m gonna release it soon, as soon as I get it mixed.

This is my first attempt at actually mixing a song, and I have to say, it is confusing as fuck. First of all, I have no idea how to stop the Mp3 instrumental of ‘My Name Is’ from clipping in the master channel without turning it way down. I have asked a few friends to find out what the fuck Im at. I know you need a limiter to stop the master track clipping, but Im using Ableton Live Lite that came with my Scarlett 2i2 recording interface, and it doesnt seem to even have a limiter! Im going to search for some plug ins now and see what I can do.

Second, the vocals are full of pops and shit ( no thanks to my piece of shite pop shield), I have to figure out how to get rid of them. I am not sure about EQ and Compression, Im watching away at tutorials and they are all so confusing. The problem is that I only have Ableton Live Lite, and everyone in the tutorials use an effect called EQ 8, which I dont have. I only have a Red EQ thing and EQ 3. Even if I could get it working, I dont know what the knobs do!

Its so fuckin confusing. The compressor, I also have no clue what it does and every bit of instructions I read online has even more confusing terminology that I know nothing about. I know you can turn up the vocals with it, thats about it.

There is reverb too, that I know has to be on it. I can’t seem to tell the difference in a vocal thats mixed well, compared to one mixed badly either. They sound slightly different but not better or worse to me. Maybe I have to stick at it and train my ears. I don’t know what kind of sound I’m aiming for at all, so I don’t know how to get there.

At this rate, this Mixtape wont be out for another year! If anyone out there has any pointers at all, please feel free to contact me on here via the contact page, or even on Facebook because I am in the dark as far as mixing goes. Any pointers, tips or suggestions would be much appreciated, along with any ideas of what good free plug ins are available out there.

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Production has begun!

Production on the Overcome Mixtape has now begun. I’ve been sitting on this shit for months now, I’ve had the rough versions recorded for that long and just haven’t been arsed re-recording the vocals. I just copied out all the lyrics onto my rhyme book from the 7 tracks, and I’m about to fire up the Scarlett 2i2 and jump on the mic and record them all now, with this new laptop.

I’ve watched a few Hip Hop vocal mixing tutorials on You Tube, so I think I have a rough Idea of how to mix this shit. My producer Steve has upgraded his shit but lost all his plug-ins so I’m gonna give him a break and try mixing this all myself, in Ableton 9 Live Lite.

The tracklist is as follows:

1.Living My Life

2.Reach Out

3.A New Future

4.Monsters Part 2

5.The Darkness

6.Nursery Rhymers

7.Overcome

All the tracks are produced by Insane Beatz, off a free beats package I got when I signed up to his site last year. The beats are quality, and now that I have them I may as well use them. It’d be madness to sit on this shit any longer, so I am getting it done now. Depending on how long the mixing takes, expect the project to drop for free on Band Camp, You Tube, Sound Cloud etc. within the next two weeks.

I am working on some album artwork too, which I will have ready for when the project drops.

After this project, I’ll be focusing more on local hip hop, with Irish production on the beats. Although that’s my aim, I’ll probably end up still releasing freestyles on popular instrumentals and jacking beats off You Tube too.

I’ve got an album in the works with Steve D called Psychosomatic, a Fresh Eire album entitled Irish Madmen, a project with Belgian Producer Jeroen Putteman, and a few remixes/freestyles coming too.

Ill be at the North West Hip Hop gig next Thursday too so be sure and get your ass down there to hear some of the best MCs in Ireland!