How To Punch-In Rap Vocals Like A Pro!



Are you a rapper who’s begun to record yourself and you’ve been using the technique known as “punching in” but you’re not happy with the results that you’ve been getting? For example, it sounds obvious that you’re punching in because your recordings don’t sound the same.

Well if so, then this video is for you. I’m about to share with you 3 of the best techniques for punching in your rap vocals so that your recordings sound professional and the listener will never even know that you ever punched in.

And if you’re a rapper that doesn’t even know what punching in is, then make sure you stick around because these tips will come in handy when it’s time for you to record your first song.

In today’s video lesson I’m going to be using an instrumental that I produced called “Fairy Tales” which you can purchase via my beat store.

WHAT IS A PUNCH-IN?

A punch in is a recording technique typically used to re-record a section of a previous recording.

COMMON REASONS WE PUNCH IN

We forget our lyrics

We run out of breath

We’re trying to perfect our vocal delivery

3 WAYS TO PUNCH IN LIKE A PRO

If you wish to hear me spit the entire verse from today’s lesson. Be sure to watch my previous lesson called “How To Rap An Entire Verse Without Breathing!”

TIP #1 – Mic Placement – Maintain Your Distance

Make sure that you’re the same distance from the mic that you were in your original recording.

TIP #2 – Energy and Tone – Get A Head Start

Matching the same energy and tone as your original recording can be tricky. One of the easiest ways to pull this off is by recording some of the lyrics before the part that you need to punch in. 

This will give you time to match the energy and tone of the initial recording before the actual part that needs to be punched in arrives. This can also help with matching your timing as well.

Another reason this method is so powerful is that it allows you to deplete some of the air in your lungs which helps your energy sound closer to your original take.

TIP #3 – Editing your vocal – Trim the fat and crossfade

After you are satisfied with your results, remove any of your unwanted recordings, and create fades or crossfades if necessary. I often like to do this while soloing my vocals to ensure I don’t miss anything.

BONUS TIP – Chasing your tail

Another reason we will punch-in sometimes is to preserve the tail end of certain words that may be getting cut off slightly due to your bars being very dense. This technique can also be exaggerated to create a really smooth, laid back, and chill type of vibe. Rappers such as Young Jeezy and T.I. use this technique a lot.

EXAMPLES

Young Jeezy – Put On ft. Kanye West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aEImx74gLA

T.I. – U Don’t Know Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9H5_zDoBrU

If you’re a rapper that has struggled with punching in your vocals in the past, let me know in the comment section below which tip that I shared today are you most excisted about trying out the next time you hit the studio?

Or if you’re a rapper that didn’t feel like you struggled with punching in but you still learned something cool today, let me know in the comments sections below as well!

I hope this video helped you Be A Better Rapper Now!

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