Los Angeles, CA (April 13, 2017)—The Fab Factory, launched by Dave Pensado and studio co-founder Shaun Fabos in late 2016, features Augspurger monitor systems supplied by Vintage King Audio.
Pensado’s room houses Augspurger Duo 15 drivers mounted on Sub 18 monitors. Fabos works in a room that is a mirror image of Pensado’s but features the more compact Duo 12 drivers mounted on the same subwoofers.
The facility is reportedly designed like a luxury hotel, complete with custom furniture, eclectic artwork and sculptures. In addition to Grammy Award-winner Dave Pensado and Fabos, aka D1, who has mixed for Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, Jamecia Bennet, Alicia Madison, Tina DeCara and others, the team also includes Jared Lee Gosselin.
Fabos says about his Augspurgers, "One of the first things that surprised me was how they brought out elements in my mixes that I didn't even know I was missing. In the mid-range, I started hearing stuff that I really hadn't heard on any other monitors. I was so thoroughly impressed, I even went back and fine-tuned some of my previous mixes."
"They have a real musicality, not a science project feeling," adds Pensado. "Some speakers feel scientific and these just feel musical—they force you into making musical decisions."
Changes in volume in the mix room often create anomalies. "When you lower the volume on a lot of monitor systems, that Fletcher-Munson curve starts shifting, but the Augspurgers stay flat. When you turn them down a little bit, they feel like near-fields. At any volume, they sound usable and flat."
Pensado recalls, "Augspurger president Dave Malekpour told me that part of the unique sound has to do with the amplifiers. He was so adamant about having great amplifiers, he actually bought the company so they could have control of the amplifiers."