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Old 13th June 2019
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I mix hip hop every day for living. Not just hip hop but i would say 60 percent of my clientele is in that genre. I believe what your dude is referring to is .. carve out space for the vocal to sit in the mids. This is where the voice lives so you don't want it to be masked by the beat. It's very common in todays productions to cut the lows and boost the highs on the vocals to get them sounding "crisp". Another common element is a over the top hi hat and snare. This is usually achieved by boosting the highs. (this comes from working with a stereo file instead of the wavs. Other wise you would fix those issues with stems on individual tracks. Not all vocals or beats will need this.