5 mixing tips for modern rap vocals

The art of mixing modern rap vocals is a delicate balance between technical expertise and creative expression.

It’s about more than just adjusting levels—it’s about capturing the essence of an artist’s voice and message, and bringing it to life in a way that captivates listeners. Above, veteran producer and audio engineer Max Rewak discusses five essential mixing tips for modern rap vocals, covering everything from cleaning up ad-lib tracks to applying creative effects.

That said, if you take away anything from this tutorial, keep in mind that compression and EQ alone can get you incredibly far when it comes to mixing—if you want to get more deeply acquainted with these processes, check out our detailed guides below:

If you’re looking for a more wholistic guide on mixing in general, below we take you through everything from the basics of automating levels to the inner workings of popular creative effects:

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April 22, 2024

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.