“Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music in a recording studio. While the term encompasses all aspects of hip hop music creation, including recording the rapping of an MC , a turntablist or DJ providing a beat, playing samples and ” scratching ” using record players and the creation of a rhythmic backing track, using a drum machine or sequencer , it is most commonly used to refer to recording the instrumental, non-lyrical and non-vocal aspects of hip hop.”
Tools Of The Trade
Traditionally, Rap/Hip Hop music was made using turntables and samplers; some still is. But most modern production is done using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstaion) such as ProTools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase, and Reaper. Computer based softsynths have taken over from hardware based synthesizers and drum machines.
FTC Production Examples:
In sound recording and reproduction , audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono , stereo or surround sound product. In the process of combining the separate tracks, their relative levels (i.e volumes) are adjusted and balanced and various processes such as equalization and compression are commonly applied to individual tracks, groups of tracks, and the overall mix. In stereo and surround sound mixing, the placement of the tracks within the stereo (or surround) field are adjusted and balanced. Audio mixing techniques and approaches vary widely and have a significant influence on the final product.
Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats. Traditionally, mastering is done using tools like equalization, compression, limiting and stereo enhancement.