Session preparation – I/O, tracks, patching, mix buss, clock, bit depth, sample rate
Minimal EQ, microphone choice & placement, balance, groups, effects, panning, compression
Recording, vocal treatment, leakage, metering, gain structure, inserts, echoes, mix processing
Console snapshot, automation mode, level rides, tracking with the mix in mind, assistants
Lost In The Memory
Chris Walden Big Band(13 min / 42 min)
Join us at the legendary Capitol Studios for a series on mixing ‘Lost in the Memory’ by Chris Walden Big Band! The most distinguished engineer in this style of music, Al Schmitt, takes you through his mixing process with the help of assistant Steve Genewick. You'll learn how the session is prepared by Steve, who details the track arrangement, I/O, inserts, sends, and overall setup with Pro Tools and the Neve 88R console. Al then takes over to mix the record, using only analog hardware for enhancing vocals, double bass, drums, brass section, piano, and guitar. Following his treatment on separate parts, he demonstrates how he adds a mastering-style sheen to the mix with multi-band compression and program EQ. He adds more excitement and final touches with level automation, refers to tracking techniques, and shares his philosophy on recording with the mix process in mind.
Subtitles in English, Spanish
About Al Schmitt
During an astonishingly long career, Schmitt has won 23 Grammy Awards, making him the most successful engineer/mixer in Grammy history. During his career, Al has recorded and mixed more than 150 gold and platinum albums and was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 1997. He received the Grammy Trustees Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Schmitt’s credits range back to the 1950s, when he worked with Leonard Feather, Marty Paich, and Henry Mancini. His credit list at Allmusic contains over...