Al Schmitt recording "Wayfaring Stranger" by Melody Gardot
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Join the legendary Al Schmitt and his assistant engineer Steve Genewick at Studios La Fabrique to record jazz singer Melody Gardot and her band.
We begin with Steve explaining how he plans a session with Al and the roles they both undertake when working as a team. He then elaborates on the procedures taken prior to tracking such as: preparing the console, polarity checking, headphone mixes, and choosing outboard processing for EQ, compression and reverb.
Following this, Al Schmitt shares his techniques for microphone placement and signal processing for vocals, drums and double bass. In between this he discusses microphone choice, acoustic space and performance style. He also explains why he advocates simplistic microphone setups and "no EQ" while tracking.
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