Quality Control’s Tillie gives you 11 ways to improve your hip-hop mixes
Atlanta-based label Quality Control Music was founded in 2012 by Pierre “Pee” Thomas and Kevin “Coach K’ Lee, and has the likes of Migos and Lil Yachty on its roster. Cardi B also has a management deal with the label.
Quality Control’s head of recording and mixing engineer is Tillie, who’s worked with not only the artists mentioned above - he mixed Migos’s Motorsport and Stir Fry - but also Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Katy Perry, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg and many more.
We asked him to offer some advice on how to improve your hip-hop mixes, and he duly obliged...
1. Hit the grid
“Always find the tempo to the song and put the beat on grid, so that all the effects in the session will be on time. It will also make doing your beat drops a breeze.”
“Listen the song's rough mix to try and catch a vibe and feel of where the artist and or producer wants to go with the song. Sometimes, changing the record too much from the original sound makes the song lose its integrity.”
“Reference back and forth next to other great mixed songs with similar sounds.”
4. Test on multiple systems
“Listen to your finished mixes on multiple hi-fi and lo-fi sound systems (studio, car, laptops, iPhones, etc).”