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2 Effects Every Rapper Should Use For Vocals

2 Effects Every Rapper Should Use For Vocals


I'm going to talk about two of the most important things that you need to apply to your music and mixing, in order to create professional audio that you've always dreamed of. The first thing is compression. I talk about compression all the time. Compression is so important. Why? Compression simply takes the highs of the vocal and the lows of the vocal and brings them to an even keel. Compression also squeezes the vocal together and really clamps down on it, making it sound full.

Now, personally, I'm a big fan of clamping down and making sure that your audio sounds tight and compressed. That's me. But some people ain't, some people like a more raw form, a more softer tone, where you can hear the tones and you can hear the spills that are coming out of people's mouths. It's totally up to you. And that's the thing with music, music is art, and art boils down to taste, okay? You're never able to say this is the right way to do something. There's no such thing as the right way, only your way, so you have to know what you want and then be able to implement.

The second is EQing. EQing stands for equalization. Okay? EQing is basically manipulating audio, so making it do what you want it to do. We need to think of equalization as a straight line. On one side of it is your bass, the other end is your highs and your trebles. Okay? What we know as trebles, and then in the middle you've got your mids. So if you've ever owned a Hi-Fi system or a speaker system, you know it as bass, mids and trebles. Okay? So if you want more bass, push it up. If you want more highs, trebles, push it up. If you want more mids, push it up.

The key to equalization though is actually reducing. Okay? If you've got an error in your vocal. I don't know, if you're recording in your shed or in your bathroom, it's going to come with a lot of echo and a lot of sounds that you don't want, which is going to interfere with your mix. So what you want to do, is you want to actually reduce certain parts of the equalization to get rid of those nasty sounds. It's never going to take away everything, the complete sound of it that it's trying to get rid of, but it's going to reduce it. That's what we call reductive EQing. Okay?

That's the two main things that you need to think about, planning your vocals. Everything else after that is just an add-on. Whether you want reverb, or delay, or those kinds of things. Those are kind of like additionals, but my two main things is the equalization which is EQ, and the compression. That's my basis, that's where I start. Then everything else after that when I'm building my vocal presets that you guys now, is me just adding on effects to make it, take it to a next level.

So I hope you enjoyed that guys. I hope that was informative and I'll see you in the next blog.