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Farewell to Recording Legend Al Schmitt

Synonymous with greats like Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, and Henry Mancini, legendary recording engineer & producer Al Schmitt played a crucial role in over 6 decades of GRAMMY-winning records. From humble beginnings at his uncle’s studio when he was 7, Schmitt pressed on from studios in New York (Harry Smith Recording, Apex Recording Studios, Nola Studios, Fulton Recording) and ended up moving to California where he’d eventually work for RCA and Capitol Records. Responsible for recording and mixing over 150 Gold & Platinum albums, Al Schmitt has won 23 GRAMMY Awards – more than any other engineer or mixer. 

Al Schmitt at Westlake Pro

Al Schmitt helped shape the sound of music for decades, and he will be sorely missed by all. We are honored to have hosted Al at a very special proSESSIONS event with Neumann, where he talked to us about his history, recording stories, his signature sound, and why the U67 is his desert island microphone.

Rewatch the event below, and be sure to revisit his legendary discography to help us celebrate his legacy!

Al Schmitt at the GRAMMY's

Henry Mancini - Hatari!

Best Engineering Contribution – Other Than Novelty And Other Than Classical

1962

George Benson - Breezin'

Best Engineered Recording –
Non-Classical

1976

Steely Dan - Aja

Best Engineered Recording –
Non-Classical

1977

Steely Dan - "FM (No Static At All)"

Best Engineered Recording –
Non-Classical

1978

Toto - Toto IV

Best Engineered Recording –
Non-Classical

1982

Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...with Love

Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical

1991

Quincy Jones - Q's Jook Joint

Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical

1996

Diana Krall - When I Look in Your Eyes

Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical

1999

Luis Miguel - Amarte Es Un Placer

Album of the Year & Best Pop Album

2000

Diana Krall - The Look of Love

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

2001

Diana Krall - Live in Paris

Best Jazz Vocal Album

2002

Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company

  • Best Surround Sound Album
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
  • Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Album of the Year

2004

Norah Jones & Ray Charles - "Here We Go Again"

Record of the Year

2004

Chick Corea - The Ultimate Adventure

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

2006

Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

2008

Dee Dee Bridgewater - Eleanora Fagan (1915 - 1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater

Best Jazz Vocal Album

2010

Paul McCartney - Kisses on the Bottom

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

2012

Paul McCartney - Live Kisses

Best Surround Sound Album

2013

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