Al Schmitt fire equipment goes on sale

Global Music Industry Marketplace ANALOG oversees the online auction of recording equipment from the estate of a respected and highly regarded engineer/mixer Al Schmitt (1930 – 2021). Launched in 2021, ANALOGr was created to ensure the fair and responsible transfer of valuable music industry materials of historical and functional value. Here is the press release they sent us…

With 23 Grammy Awards and over 150 gold and platinum albums, Al Schmitt was the most honored and celebrated engineer/producer in recorded music history. Close friend and fellow engineer/mixer Niko Bolas said, “Al was a master recording artist, a mentor and inspiration to many, but working alone with him I realized that every day he loved the job and was always very pleased with the way Thomas Scriven and ANALOGr are handling this auction with care and responsibility. Al wanted his equipment to be put to good use and continue to make memorable music.

Longtime friend and collaborator Steve Genewick commented, “Al worked in the recording industry at a time of great change and technological advancement. He started in the mono era, sometimes working with a single microphone, where he became a master at capturing power and subtleties. of musical performance. There’s no way I can explain everything I learned from him.

Schmitt’s most prized collection ever sold was a pair of vintage Neumann U67 condenser microphones with wooden cases, shock mounts and power supplies. These two historic U67s have been a mainstay on many Al Schmitt records, ranging from Bob Dylan and Diana Krall to Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” The first of the U67s has a Klaus Heyne modification and was previously owned by Al’s longtime friend and producer Tommy LiPuma. The second was a microphone originating from Blackbird Studios in Nashville.

The Al Schmitt collection at ANALOGr:
“Al Schmitt’s discography is breathtaking,” top drummer Vinnie Colaiuta added. “His skills in the studio as a recording engineer and mixer were simply fascinating, day after day, album after album, but he was a man who was always very sensitive to artists and their dreams, treating everyone with the same care and respect.”

Al Schmitt was a co-founder of the METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance), comprised of award-winning, globally recognized sound engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are at the basis of modern music recording. . Schmitt’s work in the studio has been captured in the documentary “The Art Of Recording a Big Band: Al Schmitt”, in his autobiography “Al Schmitt On The Record, The Magic Behind The Music” and in the METAlliance Academy books, notably “Al Schmitt on Vocal and Instrumental Recording Techniques.”

Thomas Scriven, co-founder and CEO of ANALOGr, explained, “I started out myself as a musician, then a collector of special items that I found unique, special, or just fun to own. I learned the hard way by dealing with all manner of collectors and auction houses. Our company is a wealth management firm working closely with our clients in respect of their archival value.”

The ANALOGr marketplace has achieved over $3 million in sales through word of mouth alone.

ANALOGr is the perfect destination for finding music industry memorabilia, treasured pop culture artifacts, and musical instruments and recording gear prized not only for their special vintage sound qualities, but also for their provenance. sole of their former owners. ANALOGr works closely with musicians, gear collectors, and the estates of music industry figures to respectfully make music-related items available to fans, serious collectors, artists, and producers/ sound engineers.

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