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Al Schmitt Tracking Cyrille Aimée

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01h 18min

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Since the 1950’s, Al Schmitt has been an integral part of creating the world’s most famous recordings.

In this 90 minute tutorial, watch as twenty-two time Grammy Award-winning engineer, Al Schmitt, tracks a full band from start to finish. First,  Al’s assistant engineer, Steve Genewick, will give us a tour of Capitol Studios and show how Al sets up his Neve 88R, patches and sets up the outboard gear and manages complex headphone mixes.

Then, Al will mic up the instruments, dial in the sounds, and explain his thought process while tracking the amazing Cyrille Amiee.

See how Al tracks:

  • Drums
  • Upright Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Grand Piano

And hear Frank Sinatra’s famous Telefunken U48, used on all of his Capitol recordings!

Exercise files
Chapters
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Transcript
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Equipment & Software

Hardware

  • Neve 88RS Console
  • Capital Live Chamber 4
  • Lexicon 480L
  • EMT 250
  • Neve 1081 Preamp
  • Studer Valve Preamp
  • Great River MP-2NV Preamp
  • Upstate Audio Prototype Preamps
  • Mastering Labs Preamp
  • Fairchild 660
  • Firefly Tube Direct Box
  • Summet TLA-100

Mics

  • AKG D12
  • Shure SM57
  • AKG 452
  • Audio-Technica ATM 350
  • Audio-Technica AT 4045
  • Audio-Technica At 4080
  • Neumann M149
  • Neumann U67
  • Telefunken U48
  • Royer R-122
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Mentors
Al Schmitt

Al Schmitt is a mixing ang and recording engineer whose talent has been showcased over more than 150 gold and platinum albums. Al has been around since the beginning of the music recording industry and has witnessed all technological changes that occured in the past decades.

His is the proud owner of 24 Grammy Awards (no less) and has worked with the biggest artists and producers in pop, jazz, classical, and country musics.

Everybody who has attented a recording / mixing session with Al says there is something magical about the way he does things. His intuition and years of experience allow him to position microphones faster than anyone else. He just knows how it is going to sound. Then pushes the faders on his Neve console and that's the sound everybody was waiting for.

Al Schmit's love for minimalistic eq and compression moves (if at all) makes for a very natural and unprocessed signature sound. He would rather record it right... than fix it in the mix later.

You can witness Al's amazing skills by watching him record and mix Cyrille Aimée on pureMix.

Credits

Frank Sinatra

Ray Charles

Steely Dan

George Benson

Quincy Jones

Barbra Streisand

Featured Artists and Musics

Improvisation is not just a technique for Cyrille Aimée, it’s a way of life. The acclaimed vocalist ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by the New York Times. Among countless accolades, Aimée won the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her most recent album, Let’s Get Lost, is her second with her innovative two-guitar line-up. As an actress, Aimée co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a Stephen Sondheim tribute at New York’s City Center. She’s shared her story via master classes, a TEDx talk, and an address at the Conference on World Affairs.

  • Day by Day

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Apurv Frank Vedantam Isaac
2018 Sep 14
Fantastic Video but the download only includes the band's charts. Can you please upload the stems?
Jkurtz
2018 Aug 17
This video series was truly amazing to watch, from the setup, to tracking ,to mixing. It was awesome to see the whole process at Capital for Al. Great Engineer/Mixer, vocalist and band. Al 's mic technique was a joy to watch. What a great set of tracks you all produced. I wish there was a way to download the stems. The download only included the Band Charts.
emilshayeb
2018 May 07
Fantastic!
69bluesman
2018 May 04
Pros all the way around in this one.
Kannemeyer
2018 Apr 25
can't download the stems, only the pdf's of the music score?
blethy.e
2018 Apr 24
Sooo Good !!!!
jamesbrownmusic
2018 Apr 23
Rather fantastic video, cheers. Watching the masters at work is a treat. More like this pretty pretty please!
Edvdr76
2018 Apr 21
Amazingly detailed. I enjoyed every second of it. Al makes it look so easy.
Michaeltn86
2018 Apr 19
unbelievable !!! omg, thank you very much Fab!
caesarjamesaugustus
2018 Apr 18
Groundbreaking, information never available before to previous generations. Incredible.
Elvisknight
2018 Apr 17
Amazing thanks guys.
Maxiemixer
2018 Apr 17
Thank you for that great video. I really love that simple and effective approach, and I use it already extensively in my work. But the gentle touch of Al makes it even more incredible since the balance of the sound is so sweet yet defined in a magical way. Great team, great studio, great musicians and very cool producer. An a very nice, talented singer with an enchanting smile! Bananas! Ps. Thanks to Al I use omnis too often to tell...
Maxiemixer
2018 Apr 17
Thank you for that great video. I really love that simple and effective approach, and I use it already extensively in my work. But the gentle touch of Al makes it even more incredible since the balance of the sound is so sweet yet defined in a magical way. Great team, great studio, great musicians and very cool producer. An a very nice, talented singer with an enchanting smile! Bananas!
jeff@showtoneproductions.com
2018 Apr 16
Everything about this series is brilliant! The experience and history coming together in a very informative way that I will take into every session from now on. Well done PureMix and the top banana Fab.
andreievkalupniek@westat.com
2018 Apr 16
Amazing everything... Engineer, Produces, Artist, Musicians, EquipmentStudio and Assistants. This level of everything makes it seem easy and that is the way great recordings happen!
rickstar44
2018 Apr 16
Truly worth the price of admission. Well done Fab and Puremix !
White Cat Studio
2018 Apr 16
Great video as usual. A great voice and great musicians too.. Just wondering why Al didn't used Pro Tools's playlist? Older version of PT maybe? First part is very interesting. It shows how the guys behind THE ingeener works..
Loï
2018 Apr 16
You know what ? I forgot the purpose of the video and just listen to the musicians and this fanstastic voice of Cyrille Aimée. Really great viedo, of the best for sure Thank you for this
Pjjo
2018 Apr 16
TOTALLY MY FAVORITE(EST) VIDEO THUS FAR! Thanks guys for an amazing experience. Although. Why didn't they just record to a click track to keep everything synced as much as possible? there were some takes better than others. Just asking for a friend name "Me" lol
Pjjo
2018 Apr 16
TOTALLY MY FAVORITE(EST) VIDEO THUS FAR! Thanks guys for an amazing experience.
composermikeglaser
2018 Apr 16
Excellent!
L Pass
2018 Apr 15
Fantastic, what a great idea for a teaching video, Fab. I wonder what you would have set up or done differently and what you were thinking. Also where can we get the isolation piano sleeve? I'm not finding info in my online searches.
kristoferharris
2018 Apr 14
Prickly vibes.
harewood
2018 Apr 14
Ask and you will receive! Thank you!
chasebilll
2018 Apr 14
Fantastic set of videos! Yes, agree the with other comments - been waiting years to have a behind the scenes with Al and Steve at Capitol studios documented correctly. Thank you!
dlapanja4
2018 Apr 14
We've been waiting years for this! Finally someone did it properly! Thank you so much guys!
guillaume92
2018 Apr 13
Pot of gold is the word! SO interesting to see "behind the scene", so important. The polarity check system is awesome! Another great video, can't wait for part2! As said already, so happy too with my pro membership; keep on the good job. Bravo!
Axel
2018 Apr 13
What a great video! Thank you Steve to let us enter in this mythic studio and explain us so precisely Al’s methodology. This is priceless. Reminds me a lot of good memories from our week together at La Fabrique. Thank you Fab for the accurate questions and the video. Fabulous as usual. Can’t wait for the second part!
zumbawithcindy@gmail.com
2018 Apr 12
Incredible Fab! Merci! I need to go back and watch this a couple more times to catch the nuance - as to the "clicker"? Why didn't I think of that!! My pro membership is like a pot of gold!! Also - I am very glad that Pure Mix is getting into working with jazz, and I hope at some time blues. More more more!! :-)
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