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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