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Jaycen Joshua
Dave Pensado

  • 1h45

Carol Souki
"Playa"

Deconstructing a Mix #41

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Trailer

Deconstructing a Mix #41

Part 1
00:19:55

Tracks overview, filtering, transients, monitoring, harmonics, gating, side-chain & mix compression

Part 2
00:19:13

Low end clarity, voltage vs. perceived loudness, high end width, image analysis, bit-crushing, SRC

Part 3
00:19:23

Masking issues, carving with EQ, parallel compression, vocal harshness, sub frequency challenges

Part 4
00:09:26

Vocal critique, using the newest tools, reference & inspiration tracks, de-essing, low shelving

Part 5
00:13:18

Fixing levels, maintaining emotion, workflow developments, modulation, pitch correction, vocal chain

Part 6
00:13:17

Vocal effects, accentuating notes for rhythm, keeping a “mental rolodex”, being “in the pocket”

Part 7
00:11:27

Spreading, reverbs, delays, parallel dynamic processing, enhancement, transient shaping, saturation

We’re back at Studios La Fabrique for another chapter featuring the prestigious team of Dave Pensado and Jaycen Joshua! Together the pair tackle the mix of ‘Playa’ by Carol Souki, with Jaycen building its foundations and Dave polishing the vocals. We hit the ground running with Joshua getting straight to the essentials of enhancing clarity, separation, and overall impact of the material. He cycles through all parts of the session, comments on the tracks, and instinctively starts to carve, compress, gate, and more. Using common plug-ins and straightforward techniques, Jaycen remarkably transforms the mix to sound louder and more detailed while maintaining a voltage almost identical to that of the rough. Pensado then takes the wheel for an in-depth demonstration on how to craft an “expensive” sounding female pop vocal. You’ll learn how he alters levels for intelligibility and emotion, layers effects, applies modulation as pitch correction, and much more!

about Jaycen Joshua

Jaycen Joshua’s career in the music business began at age fifteen, when he began working at MCA and Motown records under the mentorship of Jheryl Busby Later, he undertook a Marketing / A&R position at Dreamworks, then joined MTV as a show developer and Viacom in the advertisement division.

about Dave Pensado

Dave Pensado is counted among the recording industry’s most distinguished mix engineers

His career began in Atlanta in the 1970s, where he engineered sound for live shows and studios; He relocated to Los Angeles in 1990, and has since mixed countless hit records by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Shakira, Beyoncé, Flo Rida, Afrojack, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, and Jill Scott, to name but a few.

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