Brit fox brings her Rap Studio experience to Bad Racket Recording studio to create a premier Rap Recording Studio experience for artists, producers, and musicians from the community. We would love to hear about your musical ambitions, and we want to hear new artists, as well as established talent. Get ready to take your music to the next level with collaboration with top tier producers from our recording studio in Cleveland. We guarantee you’ll be blown away when we work to take your music to the next level, and get your sound up to industry standards.
We have lots of experience with many types of clients, from MGK, and Parliament, to new and up and coming independent artists you’ve probably never heard of.
Rap and Hip Hop Beat Production Process
Making a rap or hip hop instrumental can be exclusive or licenced to many people. There are many free beats and loops that can be used for music production. Usually the song ownership follows the lyrics, but using someones instrumental or beat without their permission can get you into trouble.
It’s better to create your own or licence online. Usually we meet with the artist or management, and try to get into the vibe of the project. Genres even within hip hop can be wide and varied, so many times people will put together playlists of their favorite material as a reference, so we can get a feel for the types of sounds, tempo, and keys that might work well for the project.
From here we can build a rough framework of loops and beats that work well for the type of sound we are going for. We may have a production session where we try to catch the tempo and rhythm of what might work good lyrically for the lyrics composer. Many times the words fall into place either on top of the beat, or in between beats.
From here teams usually split. The lyricist fine tunes the verses and delivery of the lines over a variety of ways to try to see what sounds best. The beat maker or music instrumental production teams usually adds or further refines the beat to make it better, and may add sections or modify the framework to enhance song structure.
The vocalist then goes to re-record the vocals on the final version of the beat. In the case that the song composer has received the final version already, or downloaded a beat online, they haven’t been a part of the production process, so they don’t have to worry about beat production or music composition.
Rap and Hip Hop Recording Process
Recording usually happens once the beat or instrumental track has already been created. It may not be in its final form, but at least some sort of loop or beat to keep time is usually necessary to compose the words that will become the lyrics because you usually base the words rhythmically around the instruments. While spitting freestyles for days can be fun, it isn’t what people usually want to hear. People want to hear the best bars you have.
Recording the First Track
Usually we do a complete rough draft through the first take. It doesn’t matter if you mess up, just do the whole song and try to get a feel for the microphone level, the headphones, and everything else that may need to be adjusted. If you need more of yourself, or more of the beat, or something else like water, let us know.
Recording the Hook
Many times, there’s a chorus or hook of the song. This may be the one thing that is repeated throughout the song, or something else. Whatever feels best for you, but recording the hook first is a great way to get the song recorded. We may record additional layers or ad lib tracks or other intro parts, but after we record the hook we can move on to recording the verse or whatever comes next.
Recording the Verses
Verses are typically done separate. It gives you a chance to catch your breath and really get your best performance. We can always split things into pieces, or punch-in, do different parts separately or layered.
Doubles and Ad Libs
What parts of the song should be doubled or reinforced with backing parts? We can help offer suggestions, or let you know when something sounds distracting.
Editing and Effects
We can add effects like autotune, reverb, delay, or lo-fi boom box or telephone like effect on your voice for different parts. Let’s get creative and make it awesome! Of course if there’s something you don’t like, or if you have an idea to change something let us know, we love to hear feedback from you the artist!
Also, we usually do some editing and fine tuning if necessary to get your stuff really sounding good. We don’t want a huge breath every time, and other timing changes or EQ and compression may be added to further tighten and refine your sound. From a diamond in the rough, to the final sparkling gem, we polish and further adjust the levels to make it sound really good.
Mixing and Mastering
Mixing and mastering is the final step after you record where we refine the sound even more. Sometimes the next day is the best time, other times, artists may realize they want the instrumental more exciting and louder or certain parts down or changed in someway. Engineers and mixing engineers are constantly fiddling with something. We have the experience to be doing the right things to make your music sound really good!
Overall, experience capturing the right vibe and listening to the recording artist is essential to creating the sound you want. We not only care about the music from beginning to end we take the time to really bring the best parts about creating to life.