METAlliance® Academy Curriculum Series

Hal Leonard Books, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and more, and the METAlliance, an unparalleled association of six legendary engineers/producers, have partnered to develop a series of educational tools for sound engineers and music producers at every level from hobbyist to professional. Welcome to the METAlliance Academy!

Established in 2005 by globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone, the METAlliance is a collaborative community that fosters relationships between producers, engineers, and manufacturers in order to ensure the highest standards of audio production. This group, which was deeply involved in establishing foundational music recording techniques and technical standards, has now turned its attention to providing education and inspiration to music creators while promoting excellence in engineering and production.

Accordingly, in conjunction with Hal Leonard, the METAlliance has begun publishing the collective knowledge amassed by these A-list producers and engineers with a product line including A/V tutorial courses, print and ebooks, Power Learning Digital Print versions of these books, and in-person workshop events.


Music Production Tutorial Video

Al Schmitt on Using Microphones

The first—and only—recording engineer to have his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame®, Al Schmitt has for decades been recording, producing, and engineering music for the greatest talents our industry has to offer. Looking for a world-class Master class? Al Schmitt on Using Microphones is your chance to work alongside this legendary engineer and producer!

Music Production Tutorial Video

The Art of Recording a Big Band

The Art of Recording a Big Band was filmed at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, USA, over two days during a recording session by Al Schmitt featuring Chris Walden's GRAMMY® Award-nominated eighteen-piece jazz big band. The film focuses on the legendary Al Schmitt, the most celebrated music engineer, producer, and mixer of all time, and winner of twenty-one GRAMMY® Awards. His most recent GRAMMY® came in 2012 for Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom."