Hal Leonard and the METAlliance present the first installment of the METAlliance Academy Series, a new video tutorial series featuring the collective knowledge of the famed METAlliance members.
In the 16 videos encompassing this first course, titled “Al Schmitt On Using Microphones,” Groove3 subscribers can now learn directly from an engineer who has won 20 Grammys and has worked on over 150 gold and platinum records by such artists as Steely Dan, Toto, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Luis Miguel, Ray Charles, Chick Corea, DeeDee Bridgewater, and, finally, Paul McCartney in 2013.
In Al Schmitt On Using Microphones, Groove3 subscribers join Schmitt in the studio as he walks them through his micing process, helps them select proper equipment, and guides them in capturing the best possible sound.
Viewers will learn to consider variables such as song style, instrumentation, and the recording space itself when selecting and placing a microphone; they will also watch Schmitt demonstrate his favorite techniques and setups for a number of instruments including drums, bass, piano, guitars (both acoustic and electric), organs, and horns as played across many genres of music.
Beyond equipment and techniques, Schmitt draws on stories from his illustrious career as he explains the importance of skillfully interacting with musicians. He highlights the importance of catering to an artist’s vision and preferences in order to create a session that is both comfortable and effective for all involved.
“Al Schmitt On Using Microphones” also features an exclusive interview with its creator conducted by none other than Ed Cherney, his fellow METAlliance producer and engineer.
Available with the All Access Pass for $15/month or to download for $9.98