Al Schmitt on the Record - The Magic Behind the Music

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Foreword by Paul McCartney

Format: Hardcover & Online Audio

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 mega hits 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. ©2019, 232 pages

  • “A loving portrait of an incredibly talented and humble man.” – Mix
  • “This is a book for a recording enthusiast seeking a breezy discussion from a producer whose art was forged in a bygone era, but whose skills should be preserved for when big studios and big orchestras are again in fashion.” – New York Journal of Books