Mix With The Masters – Recording A Band #5 – Al Schmitt (TUTORIAL)

By | July 29, 2021


Year of issue: 2021
Manufacturer: Mix With The Masters
Manufacturer’s website: Link
Author: Al Schmitt
Duration: 0h 28min
Distribution Type: Video Tutorial
English language

Description: Join the legendary Al Schmitt and his assistant engineer Steve Genwick at Studios La Fabrique to record jazz singer Melody Gardot with her musicians. We start with Steve explaining how he plans a session with Al and what roles they take on as part of a team. He then details the procedures taken before tracking (preparing the console, checking polarity, mixing for the headphones, and selecting external processing for EQ, compression, and reverb). Al Schmitt then demonstrates microphone placement and signal processing techniques for vocals, drums and double bass, and discusses microphone choice, acoustic space and performance style. He also explains why he advocates simplified microphone settings and no EQ while tracking.

Content :
1. Steve explains console preparation, polarity checking, headphone mixes and outboard processing
2. Al discusses microphone choice, placement, acoustics and processing for double bass
3. Al reveals his typical microphone choice, setup, space and compression for tracking vocals
4. Al shows his drum kit setup, mentions alternative microphone choices, and explains why he uses no EQ
5. Recording a full take of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ cover by Melody Gardot
There are subtitles in Russian, English and Spanish.

Sample files: not provided
Video format: MP4
Video: AVC, 1920×1080, 16: 9, 30 fps, 1500 kb / s
Audio: AAC, 48 kHz, 128 kb / s, 2 channels


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