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


George Benson - Breezin'

Best Engineered Recording –


Steely Dan - Aja

Best Engineered Recording –


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

Best Engineered Recording –


Toto - Toto IV

Best Engineered Recording –


Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...with Love

Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical


Quincy Jones - Q's Jook Joint

Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical


Diana Krall - When I Look in Your Eyes

Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical


Luis Miguel - Amarte Es Un Placer

Album of the Year & Best Pop Album


Diana Krall - The Look of Love

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical


Diana Krall - Live in Paris

Best Jazz Vocal Album


Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company

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

Chick Corea - The Ultimate Adventure

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group


Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Paul McCartney - Kisses on the Bottom

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Paul McCartney - Live Kisses

Best Surround Sound Album


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