An Industry Focused Investigation into Immersive Commercial Melodic Rap Production

Christal Jerez, Austin Moore, Christopher Dewey, Andrew Scheps, Hyunkook Lee

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This study explores mixing melodic rap for immersive audio to identify the genre's key musical elements and how they can be utilized in Atmos mixes. Furthermore, it explores how mixing engineers work within creative restrictions due to record label stipulations. The study’s methodology utilised a questionnaire to identify melodic rap productions, followed by a critical analysis of 52 key productions to identify the salient musical elements of the genre. Following this, five hip-hop mix engineers were provided with the premixed stereo stems of a song to remix in Dolby Atmos while adhering to typical industry practice: matching the stereo mix framework, working within loudness guidelines, and employing binaural distance settings. Their mixes and interviews were analyzed to explore how they employ the key elements despite the imposed restrictions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Audio Engineering Society Europe 2024
Subtitle of host publicationEchoes of the Past Inspire the Sound of the Future
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Apr 2024
EventAudio Engineering Society Europe 2024: Echoes of the Past Inspire the Sound of the Future - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 202417 Jun 2024


ConferenceAudio Engineering Society Europe 2024
Abbreviated titleAES Europe 2024
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