Al Schmitt on the Record - Hardcover
The Magic Behind the Music, Foreword by Paul McCartney
Did you ever wonder what goes into the creation of some of the best music ever recorded? And how someone becomes an iconic music professional who is universally admired? Al Schmitt on the Record: The Magic Behind the Music reveals answers to these questions and more. In this memoir of one of the most respected engineers of all time, you'll discover how a very young boy mentored by his uncle Harry progressed through the recording world in its infancy and, under the tutelage of legendary engineer and producer Tom Dowd in his heyday, became one of the all-time great recording engineers. Today, Schmitt continues as an unstoppable force at the top of the recording world, with his name on megahits from the likes of Paul McCartney to Diana Krall to Bob Dylan. His credits include a veritable who's who of the music world. Reading the compelling accounts of Schmitt's life in the studio, you'll see how he has been able to stay at the top of his game since the 1950s, and you'll experience what it was like behind the scenes and in the studio during many of his historic, impactful recordings. Schmitt also shares many of the recording techniques and creative approaches that have set him apart, including his use of microphones, effects, and processors, and the setup diagrams from many of his highly lauded recording sessions.
About the Author
AL SCHMITT (Los Angeles) Still in very high demand, Al Schmitt has worked with the best and the brightest in the recording industry, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Usher and Dr. Dre, to name a few. He has recorded and mixed over 150 gold and platinum records and has gone on to receive 20+ Grammys and 2 Latin Grammys for engineering albums by such artists as Steely Dan, Toto, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Luis Miguel, Ray Charles, Chick Corea, DeeDee Bridgewater and Paul McCartney. Included on his long list of awards and recognitions, Schmitt was inducted into to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 1997 and he was awarded the NARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. In 2015, Al received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records building- the first engineer to be so honoured!
MAUREEN DRONEY (Los Angeles) The Recording Academy's Managing Director/Producers and Engineers Wing, Maureen Droney, is a former recording engineer for artists including George Benson, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John Hiatt, and Carlos Santana. Prior to joining The Recording Academy, Droney oversaw the House of Blues Studios in Los Angeles and Memphis, and East Iris Studios in Nashville. She is the former Los Angeles Editor of Mix magazine, author of the textbook, MixMasters: Platinum Engineers Share Their Secrets for Success, and co-author of The Pensado Papers, about the rise of the audio industry web phenomenon, Pensado's Place,