Pensado Awards Announces Winners


Pensado Award winners and presenters gathered on stage for the ceremony’s finale, with Dave Pensado (podium left) and Herb Trawick (podium right).

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On June 28, 2014, the the inaugural Pensado Awards were held at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. The producers of the online video series Pensado’s Place created the Pensado Awards to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognize the faces behind the sound.”

More than 600 recording industry figures attended the inaugural Pensado Awards. Attendees included Martina McBride, Neil Young, Rami Jaffee, Manny Marroquin, Jack Joseph Puig, Ron Fair and more. A special highlight was a taped tribute to the winner of the Pensado Giant Award from Sir Paul McCartney.

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Pensado Awards co-hosts, from left: Young Guru, Lisa Loeb, Marcella Araica and Chris Lord-Alge.

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Co-hosts included singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella and Young Guru.

The Pensado Awards acknowledged the following talented individuals and their work:

Game Changer Producer of the Year:
Alex da Kid
Break Thru Songwriter:
Kendrick Lamar for “Swimming Pools”
Spin Doctor DJ Award:
DJ Ali and MAKJ
Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming:
Saturday Night Live
Alan Meyerson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
OMG! Mix of the Year:
Tony Maserati and Manny Marroquin
Unique Project Studio:
Break Thru Mixer:
Drumsonic Daniel
Best Non-English Song:
Jeff Kung for “Suspended Memories”
Tracking Engineer:
Ross Hogarth
Master of Mastering:
Brad Blackwood
John McBride
AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner):
Ghosts Web of SoundCap Audio
Outstanding Brand:
Universal Audio/UAD and Vintage King Audio
Dave Pensado Educator Award:
John McBride
Herb Trawick Visionary Award:
Steven Slate and Alex da Kid
Pensado Giant Award:
Al Schmitt, presented by Neil Young with a special video tribute from Sir Paul McCartney

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Pensado Giant Award winner Al Schmitt (foreground), with presenters Niko Bolas and Neil Young (background).

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“It was truly thrilling to be able to honor these winners and the rest of the nominees with the inaugural Pensado Awards, says Herb Trawick, the co-host/executive producer and creator of Pensado’s Place. "We thank them for their contributions to the industry.”

“So many talented individuals go unnoticed every year in the music industry, and the Pensado Awards was able to honor a few of these figures and congratulate them on a job well done," says Pensado’s Place co-host Dave Pensado. "The show was a huge success, and we are excited at the prospect of doing it all again next year.”

View a full list of nominees for the inaugural Pensado Awards.

Watch a video production of the inaugural Pensado Awards ceremony on Pensado’s Place YouTube channel.

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