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Ryan West Mixing a Hip Hop Song ft. John Legend

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Ryan West has worked with the biggest hip hop names in the industry including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Eminem.

This tutorial is your chance to see how Ryan mixes the song "Break Bread" by Dujeous and featuring vocals from John Legend from start to finish.

See how Ryan handles:

  • Acoustic and electronic drums
  • Tons of keyboard tracks
  • Live horns and strings
  • Processing rap vocals and sung vocals (featuring John Legend)

Ryan shows you how achieve a hip hop mix all in the box and make your mixes sound larger than life. He goes through every step of his mixing process and even takes the time to experiment and have fun with some of the plugins.

Ryan West
Exercise files
Chapters
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Equipment & Software
  • Universal Audio Neve 1081, Neve 33609, 1176AE, Pultec Pro, Fairchild, SSL E Channel Strip, Roland Dimension D, Lexicon 224, Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, Ampex ATR 102
  • Soundtoys Echoboy, Crystallizer, PanMan, Radiator, Decapitator
  • Wave DeEsser
Featured Music

Dujeous - Break Bread on iTunes or Spotify

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Ryan West

In addition to many Platinum, Gold and Diamond RIAA certifications, he's been twice nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy and has a further seven nominations to his credit. Ryan has also participated in numerous discussion panels with mixing heavyweights Tony Maserati, Joe Chiccarelli, Michael Brauer, Andy Wallace and mastering engineers Howie Weinberg and Bob Ludwig.

A skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Ryan also produces music for film and television. As of 2012 over 60 million albums have been sold worldwide that contain a credit to Ryan West.

Credits

Eminem

Kanye West

Usher

Ritchie Havens

T.I.

Rihanna

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mike_strong
2016 Jul 19
Great vid but the camera poppin in and out of focus makes me nauseous.
JohnJones
2016 May 12
A very comprehensive mix tutorial working with world class acts and removing the illusion from the process at the same time. Its a pleaseure to listen to well recorded material and see how to work it all into a cohesive mix. I love hearing something in the mix that catches my attention and then seeing the instructor address that very thing. But its also great when I didn't catch something and they bring it to my attention like Ryan did many times here. It just adds to the way that I approach a mix. A+
PageBoy
2016 Jan 04
Ryan mixed it right before my eyes, and ears. I feel like I just witnessed a magical illusion, except that I know it actually happened for real. So many elements tied together perfectly. Whether you like hip hop or not, if you want to see someone mix something into an album/cd cut, sit back and enjoy. Total mastery. Subscribe, buy, and watch. You will learn mixing, and also humility. Thanks Ryan, Fab, and Scheps and everyone here, for allowing me to see you work.
byron12
2015 Nov 22
Thanks Ryan! Great Video, lots of info to digest.
ubirajaramoura
2015 Oct 18
Muito bom !
purecountry70
2015 Aug 18
is it possable to adjust a Rap Melody thats already been recorded , my client is rapping over a Melody thats already been recorded . But my Melody needs work
bdunn315
2015 Jun 12
fantastic as usual. Puremix.net...best money I've spent so far towards education. It's funny because some engineers are grabbing plugs from this company and that, and Ryan pretty much kept that to a minimum and delivered a great mix anyway. Just shows its about staying pure to the track, the overall song, and using the right tools instead of using tools for the sake of using them. Thanks again!
jeromewauk
2015 Mar 31
Wow , Ryan you are the man. What a wealth of info in how you think about a mix. Your practical use of plugins , and how to use them in itself was worth the price of admission. Thanks bro.
noisylingus
2015 Mar 23
I wasn't really excited by the beginning of the video. But when Ryan started to add eq and compress to the lead vocal and put everything back in... wow ! He blew me away. I really appreciate his vision of a mix : very subtle and smart. Kudos mate.
axeljonssonstridbeck
2015 Jan 06
Ryan West! What a brilliant mixer and also seems to be a super nice, down to earth guy!
Pale Pyramid
2014 Dec 13
Thanks Ryan. You have a nice philosophy about the overall big picture and a solid ear. The summed large difference your series of subtle adjustments eventually add up to was quite revealing.
daniloco
2014 Nov 23
podrian agregar subtitulos en español, para este video ?
mattleigh
2014 Nov 14
Is there a reason why the session exercise files only include the verse 2 vocals, but there are 3 verses on the release?
Sonic Imagery Productions
2014 Oct 23
Error 0x80004005 with excercise file extraction. Checksum error in mixing_hip_hop_song_break_bread_with_ryan_west\Piano.wav. The file is corrupt. Can you make a fresh zip please? Thanks!
ryanwestmusic
2014 Sep 08
angeloboltini... I have not. Sorry. Been quite busy!
ryanwestmusic
2014 Sep 08
lwaidosch... It's been released for some time. There's even a video for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d0eqsjtDY8
angeloboltini
2014 Sep 06
Hey Ryan, have you checked what mic and pre were used on John? Just started the video but it's already amazing!
lwaidosch
2014 Sep 02
Thank you Ryan for the great video! It's always amazing to have guys like you share their knowledge and experience! Really appreciate that! One thing: Love the song! Is it released yet? :)
plays_gibsons
2014 Aug 29
Total master class with respect to the EQ and comps on the final vox busses thanks Ryan!
ryanwestmusic
2014 Aug 27
Recospok, I used 8 channels of Dangerous summing on the original mix, but not for the video. There was no outboard gear used. Completely in the box! Thanks for watching!
Recospok
2014 Aug 27
Hey Ryan! Did you use any outboard gear for summing or anything?
ryanwestmusic
2014 Aug 18
That's exactly right, Jornarild. I like having the ability to judge each track. Kind of like working on a console.
Jornarild
2014 Aug 18
Thanks Ryan, great stuff!! I didn't catch the reason for putting the low-cuts on alle the tracks in a group instead of having it first on the Aux? Is it to give you the ability to adjust them individually if needed?
ryanwestmusic
2014 Aug 13
Hi Gepe, Thanks! I'm afraid that I didn't track John on this one so I'm not sure what was used. I'll ask the producer.
gepe
2014 Aug 12
Brilliant, Ryan!! Had real fun watchin' - and hearing John Legend bone dry ;-) BTW: Do you know which mics/preamp were used for the vocals? Cause, as you mentioned, the recording itself was very good and didn't need much treatment...
ryanwestmusic
2014 Aug 07
Thanks for the great compliments!
BillCammack
2014 Aug 07
Very well-explained, Ryan. :) Thank you. You focused on "next level" elements of mixing, which is the feel, energy, and excitement of the individual elements and ultimately the finished mix. I now have some great ideas for my next project, but more importantly, a better understanding of why a mixer whom I respect does what he does, the effect he's attempting to achieve, and the difference that his decisions make within the final product. Cheers! :D ~Bill
not the mama
2014 Aug 04
Ryan West, you are a great teacher. I like how you break down and explain your approach before throwing plug-ins on tracks.
ryanwestmusic
2014 Aug 03
Some people find using color coded tracks much easier to use, but I organize my sessions in a way that makes navigation simple!
White Cat Studio
2014 Aug 02
Great video but, you don't use any color code in your session? I think it's difficult to navigate in a session like this without colors....
pmlogin