Rapping beats – Mixing and Mastering your songs Is It Necessary?
This Rapping Beats article is part of a series on becoming a successful independent Urban Music Artist (Rapper, Singer, etc.) You can view all the articles in this series on the authors page.
Once youve got your hit rap beats chosen and your vocals recorded comes the most crucial step in the music making game Mixing and Mastering. Recording your vocals on Rap Beats and Instrumentals is an important step as well but is that all there is to making professional music? Whats the real secret behind how professional music sounds? Most independent rappers and singers take this for granted and end up sounding like amateurs. Dont get caught slippin!
Q: Do I HAVE to get my song Mixed and Mastered or is it ok to just record vocals on top of a beat?
A: The short answer is YES YOU DO! But it does depend on what you want to do with your song. If you are recording a song on rapping beats or R&B beats that you want to share with friends and family and do nothing else with, then you may not need to get it mixed and mastered. But if you plan on really promoting this song (especially on the radio) or selling it then you definitely HAVE TO get the vocals and rap beats mixed and mastered. It doesnt matter if you have the best microphone in the world and rapping beats or soundclick beats from the best beatmakers alive you HAVE TO BE MIXED AND MASTERED. Theres no getting around it. And dont just go to ANYONE to get this done make sure theyre work sounds good! Your song is your message to the world you want it to sound as good as possible. You only get one chance at a first impression so make it count. There are lots of online and local solutions for you. Google Precursor Productions they do GREAT mixing and mastering and its not too expensive.
So what exactly is mixing and mastering rapping beats and vocals? Mixing is the process of balancing all the different sounds in your rapping beats or r&b beats (including your vocals) so you can hear everything properly and its not too hard or distorted. Its what happens after all the vocals have been recorded and tracked. Mixing is where all the special effects (reverbs, echos, EQ, compression) happen. Mastering is the final process in producing a song. Its the last chance to catch anything that sounds off or wrong. Its also when everything gets processed so everything gels together and sounds polished and professional. If youre serious about your music career and want people to think you are too GET MIXED AND MASTERED PROPERLY. Its worth it and will save you the embarrassment of sounding like an amateur.
If you want to learn more about the urban music business, look out for my other articles in this series! You can also email me anytime! Hope this way helpful,
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Rap Beats – DatPaki is a producer for PBE MUSIC – an urban music production and music marketing company. He creates a unique style of Rap, R&B, Dancehall and Dance-Pop instrumentals. He regularly contributes tutorial articles and videos on the music biz.
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