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Pensado Awards Announces Presenters

Industry luminaries to present awards at live ceremony June 28, followed by global online broadcast in the coming weeks

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 27, 2014 — The Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” has announced its presenters. Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place tomorrow, June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally in the coming weeks. Presenters will include such acclaimed industry figures as producer/engineer/mixer Andrew Scheps and production duo Da Internz (presenting Game Changer Producer); country superstar Martina McBride (presenting the AIR Award for Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); singer-songwriter legend Neil Young and producer/engineer Niko Bolas (presenting Pensado Giant Award); mix engineer Manny Marroquin (presenting Best Brand); veteran A&R executive and producer Ron Fair and engineer/producer Jack Joseph Puig (presenting OMG! Mix of the Year); producer/engineers Ross Hogarth and Csaba Petocz (presenting Master of Mastering); Pensado’s Place co-hosts Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado (presenting the night’s final awards); and many more.

Co-hosting will be singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey).

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with awards in 16 categories. Categories include Game Changer Producer of the Year; Break Thru Songwriter; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming; OMG! Mix of the Year; Unique Project Studio; Break Thru Mixer; Best Non-English Song; Tracking Engineer; Pensado Giant Award; Master of Mastering; Live/FOH; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Dave Pensado Educator Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award. A full list of nominees can be found at

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “The awards ceremony is fast approaching, and we are proud to announce a few of the evening’s presenters. They represent a cross-section of our industry, and we thank them for their involvement.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added: “I consider many of these presenters personal friends, and it will be great to see them ‘pass the torch,’ in a way, to our award winners tomorrow night at the ceremony.”

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Photo Caption: L-R: Pensado Awards co-hosts Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica, Young Guru and Lisa Loeb.

Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Once Again a Hit!

— Annual charity event held at Malibu Country Club raises thousands of dollars for charity A Place Called Home —

Los Angeles CA, June 26, 2014— The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) was held on June 2, 2014, at the Malibu Golf Club, and once again the Los Angeles recording community rose to the occasion, making the RIGT a huge success. The event was organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and benefited the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. GRAMMY®-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt once again served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Sponsors included Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, Vintage King Audio, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Avid, Dave Collins Mastering, Clyne Media, NAMM, JBL Professional®, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, The Record Plant, SAE LA, Full Sail University, Universal Mastering, Westlake Recording Studios, / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America worked closely with KMD Productions to offer a series of special opportunities to tournament participants.

Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, a longest drive of a marshmallow, Hole-in-One opportunities, a Million Dollar Shootout, circus entertainment, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, Tequila golf cart, mimosas, and amazing food at the 19th Hole. After 18 holes, the following winners were announced:

• 1st Place, Team – 14A Jonathan Hodge, Larry Butler, Ernie Williams, Morie Roberts
• 2nd Place, Team -10B Greg Dalton, James Arceneaux, Mike Brown, Jason Seymour
• 3rd Place, Team – 8A Jason Bellamy, Adam Maples, Vinny Capuano, Mike Metz

Contest winners included
• Closest to Pin # 15: Gary Lux
• Longest Drive #10: Scott Pregerson
• Longest Drive #13: Chandu Arachi
• Longest Putt # 17: Jason Bellamy

“We were all extremely pleased with the day’s events and how many people turned out to support A Place Called Home,” stated event organizer Karen Dunn. “Once again the L.A. recording community took time out of their busy schedules to support a great cause. We are all looking forward to next year’s tournament which will be bigger and better!”

For more information about the tournament, visit, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

Photo Caption 1: The collected participants in the 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament. Photo credit: Paul Lester.

Photo Caption 2: Event organizer Karen Dunn (center), with event co-chairs Ed Cherney (left) and Al Schmitt (right). Photo credit: Paul Lester.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home ( is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.


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