Al Schmitt on the Record: The Magic Behind the Music (Music Pro Guides) (Hardcover)
Ever wonder what goes into the creation of some of the best music ever recorded? Ever wonder how someone becomes an iconic professional who is universally admired and respected? Al Schmitt on the Record: The Magic Behind the Music reveals answers to those questions and more.
Al Schmitt has worked with the best and brightest in the recording industry, including Jackson Browne, Dr. Dre, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Usher, and Neil Young, to name just a few. He has recorded and mixed over 150 gold and platinum records and earned twenty Grammy Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards for his work by such artists as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Luis Miguel, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, and Toto. Schmitt was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 1997, and received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2015, he was presented with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records building - the first engineer to be so honored. He lives in Los Angeles. Maureen Droney, currently Managing Director of the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, is a former recording engineer for artists including George Benson, Aretha Franklin, John Hiatt, Whitney Houston, Tower of Power, and Carlos Santana. Prior to joining the Recording Academy, she was the Los Angeles editor for Mix magazine, as well as a contributor to numerous other performing arts publications. She is also the author of the book Mix Masters: Platinum Engineers Share Their Secrets for Success and coauthor of The Pensado Papers, about the rise of the audio industry web phenomenon, Pensado's Place. She lives in Woodland Hills, California.