The Recording Academy P&E Wing Holds 'Up Close and Personal' Event in LA

Mixers Manny Marroquin and Dave Pensado Speak at Larrabee Studios

100 Pro Audio VIPs Attend Event at Recently Renovated Larrabee Studios in North Hollywood

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, hosted a special Up Close and Personal event at Larrabee Studios in North Hollywood. Over 100 pro-audio VIPs gathered for networking and a rare and exclusive conversation with top mixers Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons) and Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, and co-host of the hit web series Pensado's Place).

The event was held in Larrabee's new STUDIO 5, the recently renovated facility adjacent to the rest of Larrabee, formerly owned by legendary engineer/producer Bill Schnee. The historic control room and elegant live recording space are renowned for their design and acoustic properties, which have been carefully preserved in the renovation, which now boasts an SSL Duality console as well as an updated lounge and common area.

The evening kicked off with a brief cocktail reception featuring light fare and Caipirinhas courtesy of Cuca Fresca Cachaça. Serving as discussion moderator, P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney initiated the conversation with some thoughtful anecdotes about Marroquin and Pensado, transitioning to more specific remarks about their careers and successes. The duo dissected their different approaches to mixing and offered details about some of the most important professional lessons learned to date. A brief Q&A closed the program, followed by a meet-and-greet that left attendees feeling inspired.

"Manny and Dave are always inspirational," commented Droney. "It was great fun to get them together, and especially wonderful to present this event at Larrabee, which has played such a key role in both of their careers. Larrabee remains one of the world's top studios, and it keeps that position by constantly innovating and improving. The addition of a classic recording room to the facility continues the Larrabee tradition of excellence and also serves to provide a beautiful live space to expand on the facility's repertoire. We thank Dave and Manny, as well as Larrabee and studio manager Amy Burr, along with all of our sponsors, for a memorable evening."

A special thanks goes out to participating sponsors, including iZotope, Solid State Logic and Westlake Pro.

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

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