Playa

Carol Souki

(19 min / 1h45)

Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado

  • Mixing

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!

Subtitles in English, Spanish


Jaycen Joshua

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. Longing for more engagement in the creation of records, he enrolled himself in the Los Angeles Recording Workshop. Within days of starting the course, he made the decision to devote his life to mixing, and...

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Dave Pensado

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. In 2008, he won his first Grammy award for the album ‘Growing Pains’ by Mary J. Blige.  In...

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