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Mixing Hip-Hop with Distortion

The grit and grime of Hip-Hop doesn't have to be metaphorical. With the vast array of saturation tools available, distortion is no longer just something to remove from recordings; and the huge and aggressive sounds in Hip-Hop music can benefit specifically. From subtly warming drums and keyboards to mangling vocals and samples, this brief will demonstrate techniques for creatively distorting urban music. Exploring tape emulation, parallel vocal distortion, drum crushing, and more, I will investigate how a bit of dirt can drastically affect a mix.

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