People + Opinion : Artists / Engineers / Producers / Programmers Behind every rap megastar, there’s a very talented engineer. Young Guru was at the desk throughout the recording and mixing of Jay-Z’s latest smash-hit album, The Blueprint 3.
With all of the contemporary pop and R&B songs that he mixes,Dave Pensado has become a huge fan of plug-in effects. In the April2004 EM cover story, “Mixing Strategies of thePros,” Pensado talks about two of his preferred plug-ins, theMcDSP Compressor Bank CB2, that he uses for emulating the Fairchildcompressor, and the Eventide Harmonizer H910 from Eventide’sClockworks Legacy Bundle. Here, in Pensado’s own words, aredescriptions of some more of his favorite plug-ins (listed inalphabetical order). The screen shots accompanying them show actualsettings he’s used on some of his most high-profile mixes. BombFactory Fairchild Model 660 “I rented maybe 7 or 8 Fairchilds, and on a blind test on aChristina Aguilera vocal, I liked this plug-in better. I didn’tknow what was what.