Every month since 1999, I master between 70-90 Hip Hop and Rap tracks. That's 70-90 every month! I'm highly experienced and know hip hop music very well! I work on a lot of hip hop and rap songs every week.
If I work with you on your project, when it's all said and done your music will sound the very best it can (at any price)!
Do You Know If Your Mix Is Right? If your mix is bad, the masters you get back aren't going to sound very good. Unfortunately, 95% of the online Hip Hop mastering companies aren't going to tell this. They'll just master whatever you give them, and if your mix has major errors, they won't tell you. They just master it and give you back a CD full of crappy quality songs. Legally scamming you out of your money and time.
Here at JR mastering, I review every song before I master it. And if there are any major errors in your mix, I tell you how to fix them. This rare (unheard of) service I provide is the only way you're going to get great mastering results, and that's my goal for your project!
I Understand Hip Hop And Rap I've worked with over 2,000 satisfied clients in these styles of music since 1999. Check out some of my testimonials at the bottom of this page.
When it comes to hip hop and rap, I need that big bass! It has to be hard and thick, with the subs ringing. I want my vocals and mid instruments clear and bright enough so they cut nicely through the bass.
My Hip Hop compression techniques will smooth out your songs, without killing dynamics or distorting them.
The volume level of your songs will match that of a commercial industry standard hip hopsong on the radio.
You'll be able to crank your songs up loud without them breaking up and burning your ears.
All the songs in your project will sound sonically consistent and they'll be the same volume level from song to song.
Learning and calibrating your speakers for your DAW in audio mastering is a very important step in the audio mastering process. When I first start out with NEW speakers (though I never change them now), I listen to my favorite hit songs in every genre and style.Songs that I know from my years of experience have X amount of bass, X amount of brightness, etc.I know how these songs are "supposed" to sound.
This article discusses what is the reverb effect in music and how to use it?The reverb effect is used to simulate space. When reverb is applied to a dry vocal or instrument track, it will sound like it was recorded live in the space size that was selected on the processor. Common space size options include a small room, vocal plate, large hall, etc.
So, what is the best room size for audio mastering in your DAW home recording studio? Technically, you can properly mix or master in any room size.But, I believe a smaller room is better than a very large one for someone who's just starting out. And when I say smaller I mean closer to 12'x15' than to 20'x30'.I've mixed and mastered songs for a number of years in a 20'x30' room.It took me a few days to get used to it, but after that I could do it.
Since the begining of his solo career in 2008, I mastered over 80 songs with the top French recording artist NYLS. Great pop dance music with a lot of remixes. During his entire career (as of now), I mastered most of if not all the song he released. It was a great pleasure working with NYLS and Nico at Icon Records!
Would you like to know how to master a song or how to master your own music? So many people think just making the volumes the same level for every song is "mastering" their CD. Well, mastering is a lot more than just that!
The vibrato and tremolo effects both have their differences. But the vibrato and tremolo effects also sound very similar; both slightly wave and pulsate the pitch of an audio track. You have to hear it for yourself to understand the sound.
Here are a few great stereo widening techniques and how to use them in music. When you listen to music on a car radio, you want that wide stereo sound that extends from the left door to the right. Not just two feet wide right above the stereo!
I would say YES, most people can become a great mastering engineer. I say this because most of the mixes I receive from clients are pretty good and I know the audio engineer (the band member with a computer) has only minimal training.He could easily be great if he put a little more study and practice time into it.And if he had this book to teach him what took me over 17 years to learn!Ha!
What does mastering do to a song? Your main goal in audio mastering is to replicate the sonic qualities of a well professionally mastered commercial song, in the same genre and style as the song mix you are working on.
I had to write a quick note on this, as I was reminded about it while thumbing through a popular mixing book that had a 15 page section on speaker resonance and room sound proofing.I must say, a very exciting 15 pages!Ha!
Here are the series of audio mastering software processors I've used on the over 30,000 songs I've mastered since 1999. In this video, I use mostly izotope ozone plugins because it's easier to explain using them. In real-life, I do mix in a few hardware pieces, and a waves plugin.
I started my career using the old analog stuff, since that was the only option.I incorporated digital software plugins as soon as they became available, but it took many years before computers were fast enough to run them in realtime.And also before they started making very high quality plugins.
In this video I do a quick A/B comparison of a few songs. In my audio mastering secrets video series, I get a lot more in-depth into exactly what you are trying to achieve sonically for your genre/style of music.