Hollywood, CA (July 14, 2020)—Grammy-nominated recording industry veteran Bill Smith has joined United Recording as chief archiving engineer for the facility’s United Archiving division.
Smith, with 35 years in the industry, is proficient in caring for, reviving, reconditioning and restoring audio assets, as well as computer-based data tape systems. His experience includes archiving individual tape catalogs for such artists as Natalie Cole, preserving and organizing extensive record label libraries.
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Smith began his career as a recording engineer in New York City in 1985, working at The Hit Factory, Quad Recording and Todd Rundgren’s Secret Sound Studios. Moving to Los Angeles in 1990, he secured a staff engineer position at Capitol Studios where he remained for several years before transitioning into freelance work. During these years he worked on both Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated albums for Barbra Streisand, John Fogerty, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Trevor Horn, The Manhattan Transfer, Diana Krall, Toto, Queen Latifah, Arturo Sandoval, Chris Botti, Al Jarreau and other top-selling artists.
For 11 years Smith worked as the personal recording assistant, co-engineer and Pro Tools operator alongside 23-time Grammy-winning recording engineer, producer and music industry legend Al Schmitt. Their longstanding professional relationship has lasted well beyond that as they have continued to collaborate on many projects throughout the years.
Schmitt commented, “Bill is one of my dearest friends, we have worked together for 28 years and United is truly lucky to have a man of his integrity, competency, technical skill and background heading their archiving department. His attention to detail is incredible and he has such extensive experience with all recording formats that I would trust him completely with every aspect of any archiving project.”
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