- 1976-1980, numerous positions at Quad Eight Electronics
- 1980-1987, chief recording engineer/live sound engineer for Frank Zappa.
- 1987-1996, chief engineer/studio owner, Skylab Studios (Gainesville, Fla.), recorded numerous albums, live sound engineer for acts such as David Lee Roth, Terence Trent Darby, Men at Work, Bobby Brown.
- 1996-1998, product development manager, CreamWare U.S.
- 1998-2000, sales and marketing, CreamWare U.S.
- 2000-present, general manager, Architectural Acoustics and MediaMatrix
How did you make the switch from chief recording engineer for Frank Zappa to management positions?
Well, it was the other way around. I did live sound for many years and played in bands. But when I moved to Los Angeles, I took a job as an engineer at Quad Eight Electronics. I worked my way up the ladder and managed a large manufacturing division for them before I took the audition for Frank Zappa.The most exciting live show I engineered was ... Live at the Palladium in New York on Halloween 1981. That was also the first live satellite broadcast for MTV where I had to do a simulcast mix at the same time for the FM radio station so the subscribers for MTV could hear it in stereo.
My favorite moment with Zappa in the studio was when ... I got back at him for saying, “I'm not a robot you know, I can only stay interested in these things for mere moments.” That was when Bob Dylan asked him what kind of engineer “this here Pinske was.” Frank said, “He gets a better drum sound in 20 minutes than most engineers can get in hours.”