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Al Schmitt 080328PRODUCCIONES


Al Schmitt es uno de los ingenieros de grabación con más éxitos en el mundo del Jazz (Sinatra, Krall) hermanado en muchas ocasiones con Tommy LiPuma, las bandas sonoras (Mancini) y también con grandes nombres del rock de los 70 como Jackson Browne, Neil Young o Jefferson Airplane o Steely Dan


31 May 2021

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Al Schmitt

Chateau Gardot

Il nous a quitté le 28 avril à l’âge de 91 ans. Avec pas moins de 20 Grammys awards, Al Schmitt est l'ingénieur du son le plus récompensé de notre époque pour son travail aux côtés de  George Benson, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Ray Charles ou encore Henry Mancini… Melody Gardot lui rend hommage ce soir et fait raisonner le « son » d'Al Schmitt dans son Chateau Gardot.Playlist : Audrey Hepburn - Moon River (From Breakfast at Tiffany's) - Remastered Henry Mancini - Theme from "Hatari!"Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My SkinClaus Ogerman Orchestra - Night Will Fall - Interlude and ConclusionDiana Krall - Where Or WhenCal Tjader - Se E Tarde, Me PerdoaSam Cooke - Twistin' The Night AwayRosemary Clooney - Come On-A My HouseThe Clovers - Fool Fool FoolRay Charles & Betty Carter - Every Time We Say GoodbyeJimmy Scott - All the WayBill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring - RemasteredHot Tuna - Hesitation Blues - LiveDave Mason - Shouldn't Have Took More Than You GaveJackson Browne - Take It EasyNeil Young - Walk On - 2016 Remaster


17 May 2021

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Al Schmitt's Memorial | Four Good Days | Netflix's Monster


On this episode of Showcase;Al Schmitt's Memorial 00:45Eric Alper, Music Commentator 01:18Four Good Days 07:15About Endlessness 10:27David Hockney at Piccadilly CircusAlephia 2053 14:24BRIT Awards Recognises Arlo Parks 18:19Netflix's Monster 20:06Etel Adnan: Impossible Homecoming 21:53#AlSchmitt #DavidHockney #Netflix


6 May 2021

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Al Schmitt's Memorial


The family and friends of Al Schmitt have set up a memorial for the decorated record producer and engineer.Eric Alper, Music Commentator 00:31#AlSchmitt #Artist #Music


6 May 2021

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Al Schmitt

Tom Scott's Podcast Express

Tom visits with the late Al Schmitt one of the most prolific recording engineers in music history. The two discuss Al’s beginnings of his career, recording Duke Ellington, moving to Los Angeles, sessions with Hank Mancini, the lost art of mic placement and the greatest power of music.


30 Apr 2021

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Al Schmitt Revisited

The Occasional Podcast

An interview with the legendary music engineer and producer Al Schmitt. The sad news hit early Tuesday morning, music engineer and producer Al Schmitt had passed away at at 91. I got a chance to sit down with the music legend to chat about his legacy and upcoming book just a few years ago. I was recording interviews for Stereophile's Audiostream Podcast at the time, and Al was equal parts gracious and entertaining during the nearly three hours we spent together talking about his expansive, full life. His work in the music industry spans so many years, and he had so many fun and crazy stories to tell from his professional experience with the likes of Sam Cook, Todo, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and more. 23 grammies worth, to be exact. I've revisited the entire interview on this week's Occasional Podcast to help give a small glimpse at the man who spent almost his entire life dedicated to making music sound better. S5E8 Sponsors: FOCALdotCOM – French Hi-Fi Global Leader BRYSTONdotCOM - Taking Power To the Next Level SCHIITdotCOM – Audio Components Designed & Built in California, Starting At $49

1hr 39mins

28 Apr 2021

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WCA #324 with Steve Genewick - Mixing for ATMOS, Al Schmitt, High-Pressure Sessions, Saying No to Gigs, and Cancer

Working Class Audio

My guest today is Grammy-nominated engineer, Steve Genewick. Steve is making a return appearance on WCA. With 30 years of experience and 20 of that spent working alongside Al Schmitt, Steve has worked all over the world with artists such as Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, and LL Cool Jay as well as games such as Apex Legend. Lately, Steve is deep into remixing classic records for release in ATMOS.In this episode, we discuss: Preparing Capital for COVID Mixing Atmos from Home Setting up for Atmos Working Independently  Working with Al Schmitt High-Level Gigs Diverse Sessions Learning from Peers Learning from Everybody Being Prepared High-Pressure Sessions Sacrifices Cancer Saying No to Gigs Knowing What’s Important  Shrinking Budgets Mix Revisions Mixing for Video Games Home Studio Future Matt's Rant: RevisionsLinks and Show Notes Steve's Site: http://stevegenewick.com/ Steve on Instagram: @steve_genewick WCA #070 with Al Schmitt & Steve Genewick WCA #112 with Frank Wolf WCA on Instagram: @working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Steve Genewick Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab

1hr 7mins

1 Mar 2021

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Episode 9 Al Schmitt - Part 2

Song Chronicles

Episode 9 Al SchmittPart 2 Song Chronicles is proud to present the second of a two-part interview with Al Schmitt. This episode, done via Zoom on August 7, took place three days after the first interview after Al emailed to say that he had some additional stories and memories he wanted to share. It’s a testament to his generosity and work ethic that Al would take the time to follow-up because he wanted to make this interview even more special even after a great first interview – which is a fascinating conversation on its own. Al Schmitt has spent his 70-some year career making things better. The universally revered engineer and producer has received awards with the most notable all-time Grammy winners – and the top among engineers - as well as receiving the honored prestigious Grammy Trustee Award. Al Schmitt with Tommy LiPuma and Paul McCartney Al’s unrivaled resume crosses generations and genre lines. The 90-year-old master of the soundboard has worked with a seemingly endless list of musical superstars: from Miles Davis to Madonna, Quincy Jones to Nina Simone, Dolly Parton to Brian Wilson, Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan, Liza Minnelli to Luis Miguel, Kenny Rogers to Kenny G., Linda Ronstadt to Rod Stewart. Al with Ray Charles In this episode, Al shares some of his favorite moments from his illustrious career – like the time in the early ‘60s when he hung out in a hotel suite with Sam Cooke and Cassius Clay (just weeks before took the name Muhammad Ali). Cooke was helping out Clay, who just had gotten a record deal, and Al recalls how funny and irreverent to two men were - “I never laughed so hard in my life.” Al had a long-running working partnership with Henry Mancini, which started with the Peter Gunn record and resulted in Al’s first Grammy for the Hatari! soundtrack. The acclaimed composer, Al reveals, had a great sense of humor as well as a great way to endear himself with session musicians – here’s a hint: it involves how doing one song past 11 pm made the musicians very happy. Al at work at Capitol Studios When Al was a kid, he used to play hooky from school to go see Frank Sinatra sing at the Paramount Theatre. And Sinatra was one artist that he had long to work with but never had – until producer Phil Ramone called him to engineer Sinatra’s Duets album. It was a job, Al says, he would have done for nothing. He talks about how the studio was set up for Sinatra and how the singer wanted to do this “this way” in the studio as well as what a thrill it was just to be part of Sinatra’s dinner party for three nights. His Sinatra stories also involves the fabled U47 microphone, a subject close to Al’s heart because he is a self-described “microphone freak.” During this episode, Al discusses how much he enjoys mic-ing a room and trying them out in different placements, moving the band around the room. He fondly remembers his time at RCA where he would experiment in the studio every day and discover the ambience and best recording spots in the room. Al also describes his process of working with an artist to make for the most rewarding and productive recording session. Diana Krall with Al Schmitt During my conversation with Al, he speaks too about how he developed such a strong work ethic as well as his various interests outside of the studio. Additionally, he shares how he has continued working during the COVID pandemic, having recently wrapped up engineering jobs on upcoming releases by Diana Krall and Melody Gardot.


5 Sep 2020

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Episode 8. Al Schmitt - Part 1

Song Chronicles

Episode 8 Al SchmittPart 1 Song Chronicles is proud to present the first of a two-part interview with Al Schmitt. These episodes offer a unique behind-the-scenes look - from a master of his craft –  on what happens on the other side of the glass when musicians go into a recording studio. Al Schmitt is the definition of a living legend. During his unparalleled career, the 90-year-old engineer/producer has worked with an incredible list of musical giants: Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, Barbra Streisand, Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Celine Dion, Queen Latifah, and more are names that only scratch the surface of a  career of the highest excellence: his knowledge and work ethic makes the greatest of greats want him at the helm. The arc spans far and wide with Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan singing Sinatra, as well as Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable”. Al Schmitt with Niko Bolas Now in his seventh decade at the board, Al has hardly slowed down. He has just finished mixing a new album from Diana Krall, with whom he already has earned three Grammys. In fact, Al has won more Grammys – 20 – than any other engineer and ranks among the top 15 of all-time Grammy winners. During Neil Young sessions at Capitol (Neil Young and Niko Bolas pictured)  I met Al when he came to speak to the members of the Blackbird Academy’s audio engineering program that I enrolled myself in last year in Nashville. He came in with his good friend, and fellow producer/engineer, Niko Bolas, who I've been fortunate to know since I was 18, when I was recording at Record One in Sherman Oaks (a studio once owned by Allen Sides as part of Ocean Way), where Niko was working alongside producer/engineer, Val Garay.  I spoke with Al recently, August 4, 2020, during the quarantine. We spoke via video on Zoom, talking about his illustrious career, innovative recording techniques, and the musicians who he’s worked with. Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick Al developed his love for the studio very early in his life. As a child, the New York City native hung out at the recording studio owned by his uncle, Harry Smith. Not the folklorist Harry Smith but the Harry Smith (née Schmitt) who ran the first independent recording studio on the east coast. He was starry-eyed with his uncle’s work and life. Les Paul was his “Uncle Les,” who took young Al to hockey games, boxing matches, and bar. Smith instilled in Al some valuable lessons about studio work, such as: “You’ve got to treat your equipment like a Swiss watch and it’ll take care of you”. Al says that’s why you’ll never see him putting coffee and stuff like that on his console. His uncle also lined up an apprenticeship for him, then 19 and just out of the Navy, at Apex Recording Studios, where he received tutelage from another of his mentors, the fabled engineer/producer Tom Dowd, who Al describes as “one of the great engineers of all time.” It was at Apex too that Al ran, quite by accident, his first recording session for none other than Duke Ellington – and a very kind Duke, who told the novice engineer: “Don’t worry son, we’re gonna get through this. It’s gonna be fine.” Al has become known for his clean, unembellished sound, which he developed early on when he only had a few microphones to work with. This taught him the importance of mic placement to get the sound right for a take, particularly because there wasn’t the technology yet to go back and fix a take. “I've always been an experimenter with microphones and how to set up things,” he reveals. “I set up a big band one day and the next day I'd set them up exactly the opposite and I'd move them around the room until I got the best place.” Al Schmitt & Niko Bolas with John McBride, visiting the students in Mark Rubel's class at The Blackbird Academy  (we all wore ties in their honor)  After close to a decade in New York (where he also worked at Atlantic Records and Fulton Recordings) in 1958, Al moved to Los Angeles. He was an engineer first at the highly popular Radio Recorders studio before moving over to RCA in 1963. A few years later, Al convinced RCA to promote him to a producer, but there was one downside of a dream job: because of union rules, he could no longer work the board. “I could reach over and do something like on the echo or whatever, and (then they would) call me up on the carpet for touching the board.” It was also time-consuming. “Eddie (Fisher) would be 2-5 (pm) and then Jefferson Airplane would be 8 ‘til 3, 4 in the morning. And by the time I got home, I'd get a little sleep. And, I'd have to come back to work because I had 11 artists that I was taking care of. So I had to do budgets. I had to hire arrangers for artists.” He quit this RCA job, but the Jefferson Airplane hired him back as their producer, persuading him to finish the album because they loved his work so much. Al went on to produce several more albums for the band and for others; however, by the early 70s, he realized how much he missed engineering. So while he has continued to be a producer (on albums for Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Al Jarreau, George Benson, to name a few), the bulk of Al’s massive, and impressive, body of work has been doing what he loves best – being an engineer. Not only has Al achieved great success in his prolific career – he has worked on over 150 gold and platinum albums – but he has achieved in an amazing range of genres: jazz, rock, pop, country, soundtracks, holiday music, Latin, rap, and blues. Capitol Recording Studios, Al's second home 

1hr 1min

28 Aug 2020

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RSR241 - Doug Sarrett - Recording Tips with Al Schmitt, U2, and One Republic

Recording Studio Rockstars

My guest today is Doug Sarrett a Nashville-based Independent Audio Engineer. He came to Nashville to attend Belmont University and has worked steadily in Nashville Recording Studios for over 30 years. Doug is also the owner of Uno Mas Studio in Brentwood, TN. A brief list of some of the artists Doug has worked with: U2, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, One Republic, Vince Gill, Micheal McDonald, Amy Grant, Switchfoot, Glen Campbell, Micheal W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Shirley Jones (Mom Partidge), Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), The Oak Ridge Boys, and tons of others! I met Doug recently at a Nashville engineers lunch event (thanks again Mark Rubel!) and when I checked out Doug’s website and work I was really blown away. So here we are :-) Thanks to our sponsors! OWC: Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com WhisperRoom: https://whisperroom.com Get 10% off the 4x4 or 4x6 booths now when you mention Recording Studio Rockstars. JZ Microphones: https://usashop.jzmic.com Spectra1964: https://www.spectra1964.com Presonus Studio One: https://www.presonus.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast, then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/241

1hr 57mins

17 Apr 2020