Famous engineer Ryan West (Eminem, Rihanna, Jay-Z and many others!) shares some of his best tricks on videos for PureMix so they have put together 2 videos with Ryan West covering mixing a Hip Hop song and Using Delays and taken of 40% so you can get them together for just $35.
Mixing A Hip Hop Song
In the 100 minutes long video, he mixes the song “Break Bread” produced by Dujeous from scratch. Watch him go from acoustic and electronic beats, to synths, horns and strings, to layers of vocals (featuring John Legend). Ryan shows you how achieve this hip hop mix all in the box and make a mix sound bigger than life. Ryan goes through each step of the mixing process and even takes the time to experiment and have fun with the tools he has. That includes :
- UAD Neve 1081, Neve 33609, 1176AE, Pultec Pro, Fairchild, SSL E Channel Strip, Roland Dimension D, Lexicon 224, Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, Ampex ATR 102…
- Soundtoys Echoboy, Crystallizer, PanMan, Radiator, Deacapitator
- Wave DeEsser
Ryan West discusses his use of delays and shares his approach to putting space in a track without weighing it down and sweetening vocals without adding garbage.
Delays are a great alternative to reverb to get a modern sound without that obvious tail. Ryan’s techniques use simple plug-ins and are easy to understand and immediately applicable to any style of music. You will learn about short and long delays, Slapback Delays, Delay Throws, how to create a stereo image with delays, how to treat those delays with compression, distortion, eqs and reverb for better integration and clarity in the mix.
This will save you much time and grief in your the process of turning a demo into a real pro sounding mix with space and depth.
Plug-ins used in this video: Wave Super Tap, Waves TrueVerb, Stock Digidelays, UA SSL E Series, Soundtoys Decapitator, Digi EQ3.