Dave Pensado is a Grammy Award-winning mix engineer. He cut his teeth in Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s doing live and studio sound engineering. In 1990 he moved to Los Angeles. He mixes between 200 and 250 songs a year, and has a residency at Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles.
On September 12, 2011, he started a weekly show called Pensado's Place with Herb Trawick. The show is about engineering techniques and interviews a guest Mixer, Producer or Artist each episode.
On July 20, 2013, Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick hosted an event at Vintage King Los Angeles called "Pensado Gear Expo 2013". More than one thousand people from around the world attended. 22-time Grammy Award winning engineer, Al Schmitt, Steven Slate, Alex da Kid, Ryan Hewitt, and Robert Duncan were a few of the featured guests of the expo.
Pensado uses an SSL console. Apart from the very occasional Logic session, he mixes in Pro Tools.
Pensado won a Grammy Award, alongside fellow engineers Jaycen Joshua and Kuk Harrell, for Mary J. Blige's 2008 Best Contemporary R&B Album, Growing Pains.
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||Breathless/At Last... The Duets Album
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Some successful audio engineers & producers that have assisted for Dave Pensado in the past include Sylvia Massy, Jaycen Joshua, Dylan "3-D" Dresdow, Ariel Chobaz, and Ethan Willoughby.