Al Schmitt recently took delivery of Royer ribbon microphones, including a new SF-24 phantom powered stereo ribbon microphone.
With 17 Grammy Awards for engineering to his credit, Schmitt’s list of hit recordings includes Henry Mancini’s Hatari, George Benson’s Breezin’, Steely Dan’s Aja, Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable and Diana Krall’s When I Look in Your Eyes and more. Schmitt’s most recent projects include Verve artist and jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s forthcoming CD, as well as singer/songwriter Paul Anka’s latest offering.
Anka’s new album Rock Swings (Centaurus Entertainment/Sony Music) was recorded Capitol Records’ Studio A. Speaking about his experience recording, Schmitt used his SF-24 on this project and says, “I used the SF-24 for ambience on the saxophone section. The mic was terrific. The SF-24 delivered a really rich sound and was exactly what I was looking for on that particular project.”
Schmitt’s work with Australian artist Mark Scholtes found him using the SF-24 on the production’s woodwinds. Schmitt notes, “I find the SF-24 delivers a really pleasing sound quality as an ambience mic. I first started working with the mic during its prototype days and I was very impressed, so I knew it would make a good addition to my Royer arsenal—which also includes a few SF-1 and R-121 dynamic ribbon mics, as well as their R-122 Active Series phantom-powered model.”
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