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24th November 2017
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Please note that as with all Q & A format sub forums All questions will wait in a moderation queue before being published...

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Jules 24th May 2012
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AL SCHMITT grew up in New York City. After serving in the U.S. Navy he began working at Apex Recording Studios at the age of 19....

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Jules 24th May 2012
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First of all thank you so much for doing this Q&A! For my money you are one of the finest engineers to ever live. It is a...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Hi, first of all, thanks you are doing this! Do you use Multibandcompression on single tracks or the master bus at all?? If...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Hi Al, thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. Please allow me to say only some words about my...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Hello Al, I'd love for you to talk through ways you go about setting the release of compressors. It would be great if you also...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Hi Al, Something I have struggled with, how do you keep the definition between the contra basses in the orchestra and the...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Sir, once again thank you for doing this, another huge fan here from Pakistan! which is the sweetest Eq you have ever used,...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! Would you share your approach to a big band session? How do you set up the...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Al, you are truly great and I love listening to your skills, the music shines! Last night I was driving home from work...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Hi Al, First off, thanks so much for doing this. Your records are my gold standard! Just wondering what you do differently...

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Al, Do you have a preference on Mic Cable's? Thanks,

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Al Schmitt 8th June 2012
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Al, What DAW do you prefer, and why? Thanks in advance for the answer, and thanks for the hard work put forth towards...

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Steve G 8th June 2012
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Hi Al, Big fan of your work, especially the George Benson stuff over the years. I've read a few of your interviews where you...

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Al Schmitt 4th June 2012
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Hello Mr Schmidt which microphone preamps do you use on bass and vocals? Do you go out of your way to use one brand over...

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Al Schmitt 4th June 2012
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Hi Al, I believe that you use Neve VR at Capitol a lot. What do you think about this console? Do you use the onboard dynamics?...

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Al Schmitt 4th June 2012
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Hi Mr. Schmitt, This question isn't exactly related to engineering, but more in regards to your memory of an individual. From...

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Al Schmitt 4th June 2012
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How much time do you usually spend on a project like D Krall, that includes brass (big band) and strings? Tracking and mixing.

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Al Schmitt 4th June 2012
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Thank you for doing this! I was wondering how do you feel about compression on the 2bus (mix bus) and if you use it how and...

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Al Schmitt 2nd June 2012
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Al, Thank you for taking time to do this. I would be very interested in hearing some of your recollections of recording Aja. ...

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Al Schmitt 1st June 2012
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Hi Al! First i wanna thank you for answering questions here! I love the q&a threads! My question to you: Are you still...

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Al Schmitt 1st June 2012
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Hello Al ! If I record a Jazz Trio or Quartet in one single room, I want to have the Bass Player stand near the Drummer...

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Al Schmitt 1st June 2012
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Hello al I’m a big fan of the barbara streisand back to broadway record and I read you engineered parts of the record, Some...

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Al Schmitt 1st June 2012
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Thank you Sir for hanging out with us! I would love to hear a bit about Michael Franks' 70s albums that you worked on; in...

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Al Schmitt 1st June 2012
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Hi Al, thanks a lot for doing this. Another huge fan of yours here. Very little is known about the fact that you once owned a...

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Al Schmitt 31st May 2012
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Hi and thank you for doing this! I was wondering if Paul McCartney used any of his "technical" skills during the...

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Al Schmitt 31st May 2012
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Hi Al, Earfood is one of my favourite records and I really love the sound of this album. Could you share some information...

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Al Schmitt 31st May 2012
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Hi Al, thanks for doing this. I am a big fan of your work with Sam Cooke & love the sound of the song “Shake” in...

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Al Schmitt 30th May 2012
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Hi Al, Could you tell about recording and mixing acoustic guitar? Your favourite mic, preamp, EQ, compressor? Mic...

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Al Schmitt 29th May 2012
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Al, please can you give us more info about what microphone technique do you use for recording Diana Krall's piano? Thank you very...

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Al Schmitt 29th May 2012
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Thanks for agreeing to do this Al! I'm fascinated in capturing a band recording in a natural and punchy manner, and as far as...

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Al Schmitt 28th May 2012
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Hi, no question, I just wanted to say many thanks for an incredible Mix With The Masters week in France! That week changed my...

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Al Schmitt 28th May 2012
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Al, Love the bass sound on Diana Krall's "Love Scenes"... No doubt GREAT bass player (Christian McBride) but it...

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Al Schmitt 27th May 2012
 

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