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The Art of Recording a Big Band

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  • Chapter 1: Introduction 10:44

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Engineers and producers from around the world gathered for a master class featuring Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick recording and mixing the Chris Walden Big Band over two days at Capital Studios in Hollywood, California.

  • Chapter 2: Miking the Instruments 9:04

    Chapter 2: Miking the Instruments

    Al and crew step into the Studio A live room and start setting up mics for the 19 piece big band.

  • Chapter 3: Soundcheck 14:39

    Chapter 3: Soundcheck

    Al and his team of engineers adjust mics and discuss getting the best sound from each instrument.

  • Chapter 4: Setting Levels 16:53

    Chapter 4: Setting Levels

    Levels are brought up and fine tuned as everyone gets ready to start recording.

  • Chapter 5: Recording a Big Band & the Mix Session 12:34

    Chapter 5: Recording a Big Band & the Mix Session

    The band is recorded and the mixing process starts.

Product Overview

Rack Pack Productions Presents in association with the Hal Leonard Corporation

The Art of Recording a Big Band

The Art of Recording a Big Band is an educational and inspirational behind-the-scenes film about studio legend Al Schmitt.


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."

During his career Al Schmitt has recorded and mixed more than 150 gold and platinum albums. Al Schmitt's credits include Henry Mancini, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., Natalie Cole, Thelonious Monk, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and many more.

This educational and inspirational documentary includes interviews with Al's longtime partner Steve Genewick as well as Chris Walden, Dave Pensado, Ryan Hewitt, Kenny Wild, Paula Salvatore, and a cameo appearance by engineer and mixer Andrew Scheps. Longtime friend and collaborator Quincy Jones provides a poignant opening statement about the importance of "the person who captures the sound."

Known recording industry professional Shevy Shovlin makes his big-screen directorial debut with this sixty-minute educational documentary film. Released everywhere in 2016.

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