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The Pensado Papers: The Rise of Visionary Online television Sensation Pensado’s Place


The website, is home to the popular online television program Pensado’s Place. On the show recording guru Dave Pensado, who’s worked with Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Jill Scott, Elton John, and more, and visionary manager Herb Trawick (Brian McKnight, Maurice White, and more) discuss a never-ending stream of topics related to audio recording and the music business. This book gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the friendship and creative philosophy of Pensado and Trawick. It includes audio recording techniques, tips, and truths, all presented with humor and insight.

The Pensado Papers: The Rise of Visionary Online Television Sensation Pensado’s Place, by Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, with Maureen Droney, Hal Leonard Corporation (

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