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Al Schmitt Bio
Al Schmitt is an American recording engineer and record producer, who has won over twenty Grammy Awards. Schmitt grew up in New York City and lived in Brooklyn til the late 1940s. He bought his first 78 at the age of 10, Jimmie Lunceford’ record “White Heat.” He has a younger sister and two younger brothers who are Richy and Russ, both of who became audio engineers. Besides, Alk Schmitt has a wife and together they share 5 children.
His family was poor so some Saturdays he worked at a shop doing shoe repairs. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Al Schmitt began working at Apex Recording Studios at the age of 19 as an apprentice. His job was primarily assisting on engineer Tom Dowd’s recording sessions. After a few months, he was engineering small demo recordings. He worked at Apex for two years until it closed.
In 1963 he moved to RCA in Hollywood as a staff engineer, making him the first engineer hired for the studio. While there, he engineered albums for Henry Mancini, Cal Tjader, Al Hirt, Rosemary Clooney, Liverpool Five, The Astronauts, Sam Cooke, and Cupid. He also did a lot of motion picture scoring work for Alex North and Elmer Bernstein.
In 1966 Schmitt left RCA and became an independent producer. In 2014, the record producer worked on Bob Dylan’s album, Shadows in the Night, which was released on January 30, 2015.
Al Schmitt Age
He was born on April 17, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., with the name Albert Harry Schmitt.. He is 92 years old.
Al Schmitt Net Worth
Al Schmitt’s net worth mainly comes from his primary occupation, which is Record Producer. As of 2019, the record producer’s net worth is estimated to be $21 Million. This denotes a vast peak of his income, since, his net worth in 2017-2018 was at $100K – $1M approximately.
Al Schmitt Book
On November 2018, Hal Leonard Books released legendary engineer/producer Al Schmitt’s autobiography. Schmitt has engineered and produced more than 150 Gold and Platinum records earned 23 Grammy Awards and left an incredible imprint on both the recording industry and the music industry. Maureen Droney told his story right that brought the project to life.
The co-author, Maureen Droney, has managed House of Blues Studios and East Iris Studios. She has also authored Mix Masters: Platinum Engineers Share Their Secrets for Success, and co-authored The Pensado Papers, about the rise of the audio industry web phenomenon Pensado’s Place. Maureen knows her way around a studio, and she knows the industry.
The Book took little more than three years of interviews, background research, and the usual back-and-forth that comes when piecing together an autobiography. All the hustle paid off, as “Al Schmitt on the Record: The Magic Behind the Music” is a loving portrait of an incredibly talented and humble person. The legendary record producer comes across as warm, humble and blessed, while at the same time a man sure of himself, comfortable in the presence of genius and knowing that he belongs in the room.
A 19-year-old Schmitt, freshly home from the Navy, shows up for his shift at Apex Recording Studios on West 57 Street in Manhattan, the Steinway Building. He unexpectedly finds himself behind the board, this time alone, for a Duke Ellington big band session. To get all the insights from the book, or to download Al Schmitt On The Record Pdf, simply head here.
Al Schmitt Credits
Schmitt has engineered and produced more than 150 Gold and Platinum records. His widely known credits amount to more than 180 and they include Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Thelonious Monk, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Michael Jackson and more. The list is a long one so I’ll have to mention some of the ones that were released from the year 2000, the artist and the role of Al Schmitt in the making of the song.
» Moment to Moment- mixing. Artiste: Roy Hargrove with Strings
» Motherland- recording engineer, mixing. Artiste: Danilo Pérez
» Baby Plays Around-producer, the recording engineer, mixing. Artiste: Curtis Stigers
» Pneumonia-recording engineer. Artiste: Whiskeytown
» Because of You- mixing engineer. Artiste: James Darren
» Shadows in the Night- recording engineer, mixing. Artiste: Bob Dylan
» Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin-mixing. Artiste: Brian Wilson
» The Christmas Song- recordings, mixing. Artiste: Paul McCartney
» Christmas Kisses-recordings, mixing. Artiste: Paul McCartney
» Fallen Angels- recording engineer, mixing. Artiste: Bob Dylan
» Just for You- remixer. Artiste: Lionel Richie
» Go, Go, Go!!- liner notes. Artiste: The Astronauts
Al Schmitt Big Band
“The Art of Recording a Big Band” is a documentary film that focuses on the legendary Al Schmitt. It is an educational and inspirational documentary that includes interviews with Schmitt’s longtime partner Steve Genewick as well as Chris Walden, Dave Pensado, Ryan Hewitt and Kenny Wild.
Al Schmitt Grammy Award
The almost 90 minutes documentary also involves a cameo appearance by engineer and mixer Andrew Scheps. In addition, Quincy Jones provides an open statement about the importance of “the person who captures the sound.” It was filmed at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, over two days during a master class by Al Schmitt featuring Chris Walden’s 19-piece jazz big band.
Shevy Shovlin directed the film and co-produced alongside Al Schmitt, Steve Genewick and Ryan Hewitt. Music featured is from Chris Walden Big Band’s album “Full-On”. It is available on most online video playing platforms and goes at a fair price on Amazon.