Who: Mark Pinske, COO at Crest Audio
Main Responsibilities: lead the decision-making, coordinationof the employees and implementation of the overall company plan andbudgets
- 2000-present, general manager, Architectural Acoustics andMediaMatrix
- 1998-2000, sales and marketing, CreamWare U.S.
- 1996-1998, product development manager, CreamWare U.S.
- 1987-1996, chief engineer/studio owner, Skylab Studios (Gainesville,Fla.), recorded numerous albums, live sound engineer for acts such asDavid Lee Roth, Terence Trent Darby, Men at Work, Bobby Brown
- 1980-1987, chief recording engineer/live sound engineer for FrankZappa
- 1976-1980, numerous positions at Quad Eight Electronics
How did you make the switch from chief recording engineer forFrank Zappa to management positions? Well, it was the other wayaround. I did live sound for many years and played in bands. But when Imoved to Los Angeles, I took a job as an engineer at Quad EightElectronics. I worked my way up the ladder and managed a largemanufacturing division for them before I took the audition for FrankZappa.
My favorite moment with Zappa in the studio was when…Igot back at him for saying, “I'm not a robot you know, I can onlystay interested in these things for mere moments.” That was whenBob Dylan asked him what kind of engineer “this here Pinskewas.” Frank said, “He gets a better drum sound in 20minutes than most engineers can get in hours.”
The most exciting live show I engineered was…Live atthe Palladium in New York on Halloween 1981. That was also the firstlive satellite broadcast for MTV where I had to do a simulcast mix atthe same time for the FM radio station so the subscribers for MTV couldhear it in stereo.
The one profession I would least like to try wouldbe…dentistry. I have no interest in spending my time lookinginto other people's mouths.
The last great concert I saw was…Tom Petty & TheHeartbreakers.
Currently in my CD changer: Weather Report (TaleSpinnin'), newer stuff like Linkin Park
When I'm not at work, you can find me…at the movies,playing golf and maybe doing a little fishing.
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