Tips to Get Clear Vocal and Sound Effects

Unlike rock music where the vocals blend into the music, Hip-Hop Music needs clear vocal and sound effects. These effects are possible, when the rhythmic vocal style usually called rap has backing beats accompaniment.

To get clear vocal effects, it is better to manage the beat and the vocals separately. If you create separate groups and provide a separate group bus in the sequencer for the beats and vocals, you could connect all the instruments into the beat group and make a separately recording for the instrumental tracks.

A fine-tune setting for the perfect balance between the beat and vocals is possible, if during the recording of the vocal tracks you connect the microphone to the vocal group separately. A wider range of sound effects for your Hip-Hop style is also possible, if you isolate every element separately.The result is clear sound effects for the listeners. You could not get a sound balance, when for example you record all the drums in one track.

For adding interesting sound effects such as a slap back echo, you could record all snares in one track. Good snare sounds are important for a good beat, soul of the music. The snare beat is the main beat that you clap intuitively in the pattern. To program your patterns and make them interesting and danceable, you need to learn the sound of the different drum parts. The hi hats usually keep the timing and add syncopation. For a very unsteady, syncopated style, hi hats could completely change what the beat sounds like.

To create the correct sound effect, it is very important that the bass drum keep the rhythm of the melody and bass line. A tempo of 80-90 bpm is an ideal tempo. You can adjust the tempo until the vocals are added using MIDI samplers and create the drum patterns at a very slow speed. Later you could increase the speed to match the ideal tempo. To learn more about Hip-Hop sound effects, recording, tracking vocals or music mixing always listen carefully to the applied effects of the recording tracks.