Dave Pensado

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Dave Pensado
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s) Mix engineer
Years active 1970s-present

Dave Pensado is a Grammy Award-winning mix engineer.[1] His career began in Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s doing live and studio sound engineering. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1990.[1] He mixes between 200 and 250 songs a year at Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles.[1] When recording, he usually records at Echo Bar Studios in North Hollywood.

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.[2]

On July 20, 2013, Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick hosted an event at Vintage King Los Angeles called "Pensado Gear Expo 2013".[3] 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[disambiguation needed] were a few of the featured guests of the expo.


Pensado mixes exclusively on Solid State Logic consoles. Apart from the very occasional Logic session, he uses Pro Tools.[1]


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.[4]


Year Title Artist Credit
2013 Rocks and Honey Bonnie Tyler Mixing
2012 Breathless/At Last... The Duets Album Kenny G Mixing
2007 Growing Pains Mary J. Blige Mixing



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.


  1. ^ a b c d Tingen, Paul (January 2007). "Secrets Of The Mix Engineers - Dave Pensado". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pensado's Place". Pensadosplace.tv. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Backbeat: Pensado's Place Web Series and Vintage King Audio Launch Gear Expo 2013 in L.A.". Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. The Recording Academy. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Dave Pensado (1999-07-24). "Dave Pensado | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 

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