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Al Schmitt
engineer I mixer I producer

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From Hatari('62) to Krall('05), it's Schmitty!

History: With an unparalleled 15 (fifteen) Grammy Awards for engineering, Schmitt epitomizes great recording through decades of technological change. The legendary and world-renowned recording engineer added his most recent Grammy in 2002 for Diana krall's "Look of Love" to his long list of accomplishments. Known for the singular artistry he brings to his recordings, Schmitt captured his first Grammy for Best Engineered recording in 1962 for Henry Mancini's "Hatari". Nine subsequent Grammy's in the same category stretched through the decades: 1976: George Benson's "Breezin'", 1977: Steely Dan's "Aja", 1978: Steely Dan's "FM (No Static At All)", 1982: Toto's "Toto IV", 1991: Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable," 1996: Quincy Jones' "Q's Jook Joint," Diana Krall's "When I Look In Your Eyes," and two Latin Grammy Awards in 2000: Luis Miguel's “Amarte Es Un Placer.” This year Al was given a special merit or Trustees Award at the 48th Annual GRAMMYs.

As a child living in New York City, Schmitt would catch the subway on weekends to spend the day at his uncle's recording studio, observing different engineering techniques. At 19, Schmitt began working with Tom Dowd at Apex Studios in New York City. He worked as an independant engineer at Atlantic Records and Prestige Records, and after moving to California, he started working at Radio Recorders. RCA Records hired Schmitt as a staff producer for their label and a staff engineer at their Hollywood studio. This let Schmitt develop his wide-ranging engineering skills by working with the various pop, jazz, classical, and country ...

Al
has engineered albums and shows in a variety of musical genres with some of the top singers and musicians in the industry, including Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, Vanessa Williams, Frank Sinatra, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Schmitt's celebrated engineering and mixing skills are showcased on over 150 gold and platinum albums. In '97 Al became an inductee into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

Current Credits: Schmitt, who has worked with Krall on her past five albums, agrees with Grammy voters that this one was special: “There was a feeling to it, a certain mood, all the way through that was really, really nice. It's the kind of record you want to put on at night, kick off your shoes; it's very relaxing. It was a beautiful record produced by my dear friend, Tommy LiPuma. We recorded the vocals and rhythm section live at Avatar in New York. Then we went to London and recorded the London Symphony in The Beatles' old studio at Abbey Road, Studio Two. After that, we came back to L.A. and did a couple of fixes in Capitol Studio A, and then I mixed it at Capitol Studio C on a Neve, ” says Schmitt. Al worked on a television special and DVD with Diana Krall and recording sessions with Natalie Cole, Kenny Rankin, Tony Braxton and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Most recently Al Remixed Joni Mitchell's Songs of a Prairie Girl, engineered Trumpeter Chris Botti, engineered and mixed Michael Bublé's debut and Paul Anka's Rock Swings.
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Winner of a Trustee Award at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006


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