Traditionally, Hip-hop shares more traits with Rock music than Pop when it comes to stylistic mixing.
In Pop, the top end is often exaggerated to achieve a certain level of sheen and airiness. But Hip-hop should be approached differently. It's more about aggression in the upper mids.
When it comes to compression, Hip-hop is somewhat of a halfway point. Generally, you wouldn't want to be as aggressive as with Rock music. But you can be heavier handed than with Pop.
Nowadays, any Hip-hop that you would hear on the radio will be approached like Pop music. But for a more traditional sound, treat it more like Rock music—except this time the kick drum is the focus, not the snare.
As for vocals, you will need to use faster attack and release times to get the compressor working. We recommend to start with roughly 2ms attack and 10ms release. JAZZ
Traditionally, Jazz and other acoustic, more natural genres require little to no compression. This time, the compression is used only for better interaction of the instruments.
If you do notice some words becoming unintelligible in the vocal, just automate them up. You could try some light mix buss compression to add some glue and cohesion, but generally it isn't needed.
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. A lot of modern Jazz tracks sound full, bright and loud. In this case, it's treated by the sound producer like Pop music, not Jazz. This is a creative decision that you or the artist needs to make. ELECTRONIC
One of the main reasons you use compression is to make things more consistent in terms of dynamics. But this only really applies to live, recorded instruments.
Samples, on the other hand, are consistent by nature. Unless you purposely vary the volume, each sample will be a similar volume. For example, a kick sample in a House track is already perfectly consistent. Every hit is exactly the same.
In this case, compression is far less useful. You can still use compression to shape the tone, but there is no need to control the dynamics.
Don't just compression for the sake of it. In Electronic music, you will still need to compress the vocals or any other instrument recorded live or simulating live recording. However, you will use compression far less than with other genres.
These are just guidelines. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Some of the best mixes come about by drawing influence from other genres and setting new standards. Do what's best for the track.
But when you want your mix to sound characteristic of a genre, think twice about how you are going to approach compression, and try to stay within these guidelines.
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