Mixing 101: Rap Vocals for Dummies with Kia Orion

Kia Rogers

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11 Videos (1h 2m)
    • Welcome!

      1:30
    • Organizing the Mix

      2:40
    • Setting Your Levels

      3:29
    • Intro to EQ

      0:42
    • EQ Lesson

      10:31
    • Intro to Compression

      1:42
    • Compression Lesson

      12:53
    • Parallel Compression

      4:10
    • Reverb

      7:17
    • Mixing the Doubles & Adlibs

      13:44
    • Thank You & Next Steps

      3:47

About This Class

Overview:

Ever wonder how artists make their music sound so good? It’s all in the mix. Even when big musicians are touring on the road and recording in hotel rooms they sound incredible because their engineers are so good.

I can’t promise that after this class you’ll sound like Drake. BUT I can teach you the basics so you’re one step closer to getting there. With over 10 years of experience mixing, recording, and writing records I’ve put together the complete beginners guide to mixing rap and hip-hop vocals. You can find the audio stems to follow along in the project section. 

 Who Am I?

My name is Kia Orion, and I started my career in A&R at Island/Def Jam Records in Manhattan. Since then I’ve spent the last four years coaching high school and college age students on engineering, artist development, songwriting, and how to make it in the music business.

I’m currently a freelance creative in Philadelphia where I teach, engineer/release music, run a podcast, and shoot videos. If you’d like to see more of my work check out www.kiaorion.com or message me on social.

 

What’s Special About This Course?

I’m a self-taught engineer and musician, so I’ve taken my fair share of online classes over the years. Some were incredible, and there are some amazing resources out there. However, I never felt like I received the collaboration that I was looking for from either the instructor or the students.

That’s what’s different about this: You’ll be supported.

Skillshare has created a community of musicians, artists, and engineers who will be enrolled in this class with you.  

Not only will you have access to other class members but you’ll get lessons and support from me personally.

I have specific times each week that I check in and offer tips, give feedback on projects, and answer questions. You’ll also have a chance to share your projects with peers. This is a great way to improve quickly and get support in real time. No one learns in a vacuum.

So, what’s next? 

There are so many lessons I picked up over the years and through my time behind the scenes in the music industry that have helped me immensely and I’ll share them with you throughout these courses.

One of the biggest gems I’ve learned is this: Do it yourself.

No one is going to care about your music as much as you do. If you have the DRIVE to succeed and the HUNGER to develop your craft you’ll be able to make it. This is the era of no gatekeepers. No excuses. So what are you waiting for?

Mixing is a skill that is incredibly marketable and distinguishes between an amateur and a professional level sound. I’m not saying you’ll become a rockstar overnight. But with what I teach you in this course and the persistence to apply it you’ll be that much closer.

Who is this course for?

This class is designed for engineers who are starting out and want to hone their craft, producers looking to expand their skill set, and artists who want to elevate their mixes.

As an artist one of the best skills I ever learned was how to mix. You have COMPLETE control over how your music sounds out and it’s an incredible service if you’re looking for a full-time or part-time hustle.

 

By The End Of This Course

By the end of this course, you will know how to properly mix rap vocals using: EQ, Compression, Reverb, Distortion, and the theory behind each. I walk you through each step of the way and use tactics that can be applied to any DAW.

I want to be clear. This isn’t about shortcuts. This isn’t about secrets. This is about learning the fundamentals, applying them to your own work, and taking your career into your own hands. These are tried and true methods I have learned through countless tutorials and recording sessions over the years that I wish someone had taught me at the beginning.

Check out the course preview, and if you have any questions please shoot me a message @kiaorion or email [email protected]. This class is to the point, easy to understand, and FUN! I look forward to working with you and helping you take the next step in your creative process, LET’S GO.