Music industry marketplace ANALOGr, established in 2021 to facilitate the transfer of prized music industry items of historic and functional value, is currently supervising the online auction of recording equipment from the estate of highly respected engineer/mixer Al Schmitt (1930–2021), who over the course of an illustrious career was honored with 23 GRAMMY Awards and racked up more than 150 Gold and Platinum albums.
“Al was a master of the art of recording, a mentor and an inspiration to many, but while working with him alone, I realized that every day he just loved the work and was always exploring,” says Close friend and fellow engineer/mixer Niko Bolas. “I’m very pleased with the way Thomas Scriven and ANALOGr are handling this auction with care and responsibility. Al wanted his gear to be put to good use and continue to make memorable music.”
Friend and longtime collaborator Steve Genewick adds, “Al worked in the recording business during times of great changes and technology evolution. He started in the days of mono, sometimes working with only one microphone, where he became a master of capturing the power and subtleties of musical performance. There is no way that I could explain how much I learned from him.”
The most prized of Schmitt’s collection already sold was a pair of vintage Neumann U67 condenser microphones with wooden cases, shock-mounts and power supplies. These two historic mics were a mainstay on many of Schmitt’s records by artists 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, and the second was originally from Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
View the Al Schmitt Collection at AANALOGr here.
Schmitt was a co-founder of The METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance), comprised of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been heavily involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are a foundation of modern music recording. His work in the studio was captured in the documentary “The Art Of Recording a Big Band: Al Schmitt” as well as in his autobiography “Al Schmitt On The Record, The Magic Behind The Music,” and in the METAlliance Academy books that include “Al Schmitt On Vocal And Instrumental Recording Techniques.”
Thomas Scriven, co-founder and CEO of ANALOGr, explain, “I started as a musician myself and then collector of special items that I found unique, special, or just fun to own. I learned the hard way by dealing with all kinds of collectors and auction houses. Our company is an asset manager working closely and in partnership with our clients through a respect for their archival value.”