ANALOGr Hosts Al Schmitt Estate Collection Auction – Music Connection Magazine
Global music industry marketplace ANALOGr oversees the online auction of recording equipment from the estate of 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.
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, 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.”