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Hip-hop needs saturation
Without saturation, your mix will sound cold and clinical.Even the most modern, club-friendly records rely heavilyon a bit of drive here and there. Try iZotope's
mixing plug-in - these let you tweak the saturat-ed sound and mix it with the dry signal to preservefidelity.
Help tell the story
Support the lyrics with your arrangement and mixing decisions. Everybody hasheard the obvious sound effects that correlate with the lyrical pictures being painted by the MC, but you might also think about how you might automate reverb sendswhen there's a verse about running through a tunnel, say.
Keep the mix modern
"Be aware of current mixing trends even if you're producing an old skool-influenced cut."Be aware of current mixing trends even if you're producing an old skool-influencedcut. Hi-hats seem to have fallen out of favour at the moment, for instance, being usedvery quietly and with as little dynamic range as possible. This sounds pleasant whenplayed extremely loud in a club.
Keep the mix tight
Use gates to minimise unwanted tails from the ends of sounds that don't need them.Use a high-quality limiter or saturation to absorb sharp peak transients that eat upheadroom and cut too far through the mix. Roll off high and low frequencies, or ifthat sounds bad, use shelving EQ instead.
Vocal tipsExpose your beats
Once you have your first batch of beats that you feel confident with, don't be too pre-