Capture the authentic sounds of contemporary hip-hop and R&B. This step-by-step guide will help you produce professional-sounding hip-hop and R&B recordings. Follow the process as a professional, self-producing artist tracks and mixes two hip-hop and R&B songs. Learn the effects, settings, and techniques used by the industry's top hip-hop and R&B producers and engineers. The DVD-R includes multitrack audio files for you to practice these techniques on any audio editing platform, with "mix in progress" tracks that let you check your work against that of the recording.
You will learn:
How to build hip-hop beats, vocals, and sweetening tracks using audio and MIDI
Tips for using common hip-hop production software such as Logic and Reason
Essential tools and techniques for producing and mixing hip-hop/r&b
Sound processing recommendations and tips
How to reproduce the sounds of your favorite hip-hop/R&B recordings
Author Mike Hamilton is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. He has produced and performed on recordings for Warner Bros. and BGP Records, including Heart and Soul with the Winans, Thus Spoke Z with CTI, and his solo albums Natural Attraction, God's Will, and Here Together.
"This book will make your music better. Mike Hamilton leads you through creating great-sounding tracks, while teaching you about hop-hop itself. You will learn step by step how to use production tools in ways that lead to great-sounding songs. You'll put all the different components of beats, as well as vocals and other components of a groove, to create great-sounding hip-hop and R&B tracks."
"With Producing and Mixing Hip-Hop/R&B, Mike Hamilton has put together a straightforward, accessible instruction manual that covers every aspect of today's hip-hop/R&B production process. The book's thoughtful, step-by-step approach breaks down complex techniques into simple, easy-to-understand chapters. Producing and Mixing Hip-Hop/R&B is a must-read for anyone who is seriously considering a career in hip-hop/R&B production."
Matt Rohde, Associate Music Director for American Idol
"A clear, straightforward way to produce tracks with a contemporary, authentic hip-hop/R&B sound. In this book you get to see the details firsthand of how sounds and tracks are put together by real producers. Whatever tools or gear you use, this book and DVD will save you time, and help you create."
Kay Gee, DJ for Naughty by Nature, Producer/CEO of Divine Mill Records (50 Cent, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige)
"This is one hell of a book. Although I am known primarily as a comedian and actor, I am also a video and audio nerd, always in search of the perfect book or seminar to help educate myself about technology. The past couple of years, I have been trying to learn how to mix sound, and have read a stack of books looking for the holy grail.... Well, after reading Producing and Mixing Hip-Hop/R&B, I found it. Thanks for breaking it down in layman's terms and including the audio examples. I felt like I had an instructor in the room with me. I know this must be a good book because my son, Royce, a recent graduate of Los Angeles recording school, saw me reading and working with this book on the computer. He took over my session and said they should use this book at the school to explain mixing. Please send me another copy, mine has disappeared!"
Sinbad, Comedian, actor, producer, musician
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