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How to excite vocals for hip hop music

Nov 142017

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     In my last post I wrote about the top ten effects recording artist need to know. And one of those effects mentioned where exciter. This effect is used to add presence to vocals or an entire mix. There are a variety of saturation types (presets)that will allow you to affect specific frequency areas of your vocals or overall mix. Some of the most common saturation settings will usually refer to frequencies by their characteristics. For example you're looking to excite the mid range frequencies you'd see settings like “warmth” or tube. Depending on the plug-ins or you're using of course but the reference and terminology behind the idea remains the same.

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The plug-in used for this how to article is the Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Plugin. This plug-in emulates the original mid 1970's Aphex model 402 Aural Exciter.

Control features: As you'll notice on the lower left side of this plug-in, you'll see two knobs marked as Mode and meter. The first option will be in bold letters “BP” stands for bypass mode. This feature is modeled after the original hardware unit allowing you to get subtle coloring on the signal path. “Mix1” allows you to place the exciter on an insert in case you want to affect a signal sound source (ex. Instrument, drum snare ect.). “Mix2 is slightly different as it allows you to add a not so subtle effect to your sound you'll also notice this for the aux mode as well. The ax mix knob will be movable only when mix1 and mix2 are selected. Ax mode will be best used on a send return track to an auxiliary track that your sending audio to.

How to apply the exciter to your vocals

Step 1- Select and apply the Aural Exciter plug-in to your vocal insert shown in the illustration below:

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Step 2- Adjust the settings of the plug-in by selecting mix 1 with the knob located on the lower left (Mode). Choosing “AX” for the meter located just above the meter option. As seen in the illustration below:

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Step 3-You'll also need to adjust the input knob as well as the Ax mix. Move the input knob to a level you're comfortable with. Usually going a little past 6 is the sweet spot but that may vary for upon users. keeping the Ax mix knob anywhere between 5 and 8. But this may differ from the vocals you're using it on. As seen in the illustration below: 

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You'll now notice the vocals will have a certain brightness to them that compliments your mix.However if you're hearing any harshness at all in the signal you can tame it with eg.

 

 

Top Ten Best DAWS For music production in 2017

Sep 252017

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    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the various digital audio workstation options available to you
in today's age of cutting edge music creation. I've put together a list of the ten best DAWS for music production in 2017. Although there are quite a few more DAWS to add to the list these are the ones that i've had experience using in the and present.

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1-FL studio – This is one of the most popular used DAWS amongst songwriters and producers. The learning curve makes the music creation process for this program more user friendly for most beginners. As its interface is pretty straight forward there are some hidden features that can be found by through trial and error or youtube tutorials. Audio engine sounds great on a scale of 1-10 i'd rate it 8.5. FL studio works well with out board units like a compressor or keyboard workstation and easy to set up. Extremely affordable with prices that range from: $99.00-$299.00  and free upgrades for life. Read more at their website here

 

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2-Studio One – Amazing program that allows the user to customize its keyboard functions to map to your liking or of your previous DAWS. This program is filled with its own its own useful plugins that help give your music a professional sounding mix. Works well with outboard gear such as EQ and Compressors etc. If you decide to expand your setup to a more hardwear/ softwear based workflow you can. Read more at their website here

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3-Ableton Live - Widely used by producers and DJ's in the edm / trap genre this is another great program to make beats with.Packed with the usual DAW standard features unlimited midi/ audio track counts and ect. The seamless midi sequencing software and hardware integration is what makes it truly unique. You have to option to use ableton live controllers or any other standard controller will do.With over 50gb of sound library files you use if you don't already have your own sound library to work with. Read more at their website here

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4-Reason- This is another amazing DAW that doesn't get enough praise when it comes to beat making. What sets them apart from other digital workstations earlier on was the fact that there were no Vst integration and you had to rely on solely rely on the devices within the program itself. With the creation of rewire allowing you to use reason with another DAW. This was the common workaround to get your beat in an audio format and access Vst's. With a large and unique sound library that was a few  gigs and if that wasn't enough you were able to buy sound bank refills from their website or authorize retailer. With devices like Nnxt and NN-19 gave its users its endless creative possibilities. Both devices have there own sound banks and doubled as a sampler giving more control over your sound creatively. They even took it a step further with a device called Dr. Rex that allows you to play loops of your own or from their sound banks. Since then Reason has come a long way since it's release in December 2000.From version 1.0 to 9.5 which now supports vst. The features of this DAW have improved greatly over the years with newer devices such as thor, kong and rack extensions. This digital workstation is a powerhouse. Read more at their website here

 

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 5-Cubase -Great program, widely used in the music industry. In Fact you'd be surprised at how many studios running this DAW in their setups. Cubase a powerhouse with the type of control it allows its users to have over their compositions is truly amazing to say the least. Every DAW has its learning curve and for this program its pretty steep. Its also filled with a large sample library and a device called
sonic se that has a ton of useful settings. Read more at their website here

 

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6-Logic pro x– Another great DAW (Mac users only). Packed with a ton of its own vsts and devices to help you create your music. Great program to produce and mix in as well.i've traced out several of my older sessions in the past just to mix in the program. Over all well rounded program for producers on the mac. Read more at their website here

 

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7- Reaper- Another Amazing DAW with features and capabilities to help you conjure up something special. Giving you customization control over the functions and layout to your needs for better workflow. Fully integratable with outboard gear with multitrack audio and midi editing capabilities as well as mixing and mastering. Read more at their website here

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8-Calk walk- Great DAW that allows you to do it all from mixing to mastering and anything else you can think of is there for you to create music. This is a windows only based DAW. Read more at their website here

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9- Magix Acid- Great DAW to get into if your just starting out simple and easy to use. When I was just starting out this wass one of the many few digital workstations I had a chance to use and found it very useful for sequencing as I was tracking my own loops and sounds from a keyboard workstation I was using at the time. Read more at their website here

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10-Pro-Tools- The most used DAW by industry professionals. Powerful features make its use great for mixing , editing, recording and song mastering making it an industry standard DAW. This program is not for beginners recommended user level is expert and above. Read more at their website here