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Secrets to Mastering Rap, Trap, and Hip Hop Songs & Beats [Plugin Chain]

Secrets to Mastering Rap, Trap, and Hip Hop Songs & Beats [Plugin Chain]

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It can be frustrating trying to master your own music or beats ?. In fact, mastering rap, trap, and hip hop is probably the hardest to do, because getting the smallest setting wrong can ruin a song.

There is so much information about what plugin or gear is the best for mastering rap, but no one explains why they are useful or how to dial them in for your specific song.

But that is why I made this tutorial. I want to teach you EXACTLY what to listen for, what each plugin is doing, and how to make sure you are making the song sound BETTER and not WORSE!

For the first time EVER, I’m sharing my step by step process for mastering rap, trap, and hip hop music – including my complete mastering chain. You will leave this tutorial with the tools you need to master your own music.

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WHAT THIS TUTORIAL COVERS

►Dial in a compressor to enhance the groove of the song and keep it punchy!
Gain staging
► How to use Mid/Side EQ to add width and reduce harshness
Setting up a multi-band compressor for almost any song
► Adjusting attack and release time for compressors
► Adding saturation to gel track together
► Tips for not “overdoing it”
► What to listen for during mastering
► How to make sub frequencies sound great on smaller speakers
► Making your song sound LOUD and competitive
► How to find and reduce harsh frequencies

JUMP RIGHT TO YOUR FAVORITE PART!

0:41: What is mastering?
2:05: First Step – Using a Mastering Compressor
3:27: How to Set a Compressor for Mastering
9:20: Gain Staging Compressor
10:12: Sweetening Top End using EQ
11:53: How to Compare settings with Plugins
13:27: Simple Way to Set Up a Multi-band Compressor
16:28: Dialing in Attack Time for Multi-band Compressor
17:57: Gelling Track Together with Saturation
19:35: Making Sub Frequencies Sound Great On Smaller Speakers
22:22: Increasing Volume of Song Without Sounding Compressed
24:40: Using EQ to Keep Song from Getting Harsh
26:46: Using Mid/Side EQ to Increase the Air of the Track Without Affecting Vocals
31:46: Getting Rid of Specific Harsh Frequencies Transparently
32:53: How to dial in Soothe plugin for mastering
39:20: Adding volume to sides to make track wider
42:39: Dialing in a Limiter to Increase Volume Transparently
45:50: Readjusting Mastering Settings When Increasing Volume
46:30: Setting Up for Final A/B Test
47:04: A/B Test

HOW TO MASTER RAP, TRAP, AND HIP HOP VIDEO TUTORIAL

Learn how to professionally master your rap, trap, and hip hop songs & beats with this step-by-step video tutorial. 

PLUGIN CHAIN USED IN THIS TUTORIAL

► Waves – SSL Compressor: bit.ly/2T5HHeu
► Waves – PuigTec EQ:
bit.ly/2UOSLPt
► Waves – Linear Multiband Compressor:
bit.ly/2SHDAFj
► Waves – Kramer Tape:
bit.ly/2SCcD5D
► Waves – MaxxBass:
bit.ly/2UGYjeZ
► Waves – Center:
bit.ly/2UMxl5I
► Oeksound – Soothe 2:
bit.ly/2U7wqus
► FabFilter – Pro Q2 EQ:
bit.ly/3btcgDB
► FabFilter – Pro L Limiter:
bit.ly/3hXHR2M
► Sonnox – Inflator:
bit.ly/2vpODuM

MUSIC CREDITS

Artist: Devin Kash @DevinKash (IG)
Recorded & Engineered by: Josh Holland at Green Light Studios – @glsjosh (IG) @glsrecording (FB)
Mixed and Mastered by: Bobby Balow at Raytown Productions

FINAL THOUGHTS

If this video helped you, please share it with others!

If you have questions or need clarification, drop a comment, or send me a message on the contact page.

How do you approach mastering rap, trap, or hip hop music? Leave a comment below!

About The Author

Bobby Balow

I'm an audio enthusiast, entrepreneur, and owner of Raytown Productions – an online mixing, mastering, and production studio. I love challenging artists and musicians to create art that is honest and resonates with others.

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