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DECADES OF
EXPERIENCE.

DECADES OF
EXPERIENCE.

DECADES OF
EXPERIENCE.

DECADES OF
EXPERIENCE.

We are beyond proud to present two releases by one of the most prolific audio craftsmen of our time:
Al Schmitt.

DECADES SDX.

Drums by the most awarded man in the recording industry, ever: Al Schmitt.

The Decades SDX was recorded at Capitol Studios and comes with five drum kits, all handpicked to represent a specific sound or era in Al’s career. Expect a palette of immaculate drum sounds encapsulating not only a lifetime of experience working at the apex of the industry, but just as much a personal and reflective collection of kits that in a way represents his entire body of work. From jazz and big band to rock, fusion, pop, funk and AOR – the Decades SDX covers all the styles that can be traced back to Al’s illustrious lifetime achievement.

FALL 2019
FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • Produced by 23-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/ mixer Al Schmitt
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Five (5) kits (Slingerland, Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Leedy)
  • 12 snares, nine (9) kicks as well as a broad collection of hi-hats and cymbals

  • Includes several iconic original instruments, like the original snare drum used by Jeff Porcaro on Toto’s “Rosanna” as well as Steve Ferrone’s personal drum kit
  • Brushes and/or mallets available on select kits/instruments
  • Drums from the 1920s through the late 1990s
  • Recorded with an additional seven room microphones for playback in stereo up to 9.1 systems

AL SCHMITT EZMIX PACK.

50 custom signal chain presets by a bona fide audio industry legend.

After close to nine decades on earth and nearing seven behind a studio console, with 160 gold and platinum albums under his belt, 23 Grammy Awards to his name and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Al Schmitt is arguably the most prolific and awarded man in the audio recording industry – ever. Welcome to an expansion for EZmix 2, engineered by the man himself.

OUT NOW
FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
  • 50 custom signal chain presets for EZmix 2
  • Engineered by Al Schmitt

  • Instrument-specific settings for acoustic and electric guitar, bass, vocals, strings, keys, brass and more
  • General settings for drum busses, compression and effects

LISTEN TO
THE DECADES SDX.

Here are a few sound snippets from the SDX!

FULL PRODUCTION
DRUMS ONLY

ABOUT
AL SCHMITT.

In retrospect, figuring out that Al would end up behind a console is somewhat of a no-brainer. He literally grew up in a studio. Already at the age of seven, he hung out with his uncle Harry, who also was an engineer, to help set out chairs for musicians, clean patch cables and whatever came with being a helper during sessions back then.

This was in the thriving days of the late 1930s New York big band and jazz scene. That scene was buzzing, with loads of work and studios scattered all over the city. From there, his path was pretty much laid out. Working his formative years under the tutelage of many of the era’s legendary engineers, he honed his craft before relocating to California. After that, the rest is music history. For real.

In fact, Al Schmitt’s footprint in the recording industry is hard to fathom or even put down in words. Just the numbers alone are mind-boggling: 727 recordings, 160 gold and platinum albums and 23 Grammy Awards.

Scrolling through his discography is even more daunting – his hands and ears have literally shaped our collective music history. From now immortal icons like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke to Madonna, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand and Paul McCartney – Al has worked with them all.

727

RECORDINGS

160

GOLD AND
PLATINUM ALBUMS

23

GRAMMY AWARDS

DISCOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS.

  • Henri Mancini “Hatari!” (1962)
  • Al Jarreau “We Got By” (1975)
  • George Benson “Breezin’” (1976)
  • Steely Dan “Aja” (1977)
  • Yellowjackets “Yellowjackets” (1981)
  • Toto “IV” (1982)

  • Miles Davis “Amandla” (1989)
  • 
Natalie Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
  • Frank Sinatra “Duets” (1993)
  • 
Quincy Jones “Q’s Jook Joint” (1995)
  • 
Diana Krall “When I Look in Your Eyes” (1999)
  • Ray Charles “Genius Loves Company” (2004)
  • Chick Corea “The Ultimate Adventure” (2006)
  • Michael Jackson “This Is It” (2009)
  • Paul McCartney “Kisses on the Bottom” (2012)
  • Bob Dylan “Shadows in the Night” (2015)

Al at Capitol Studios during the Decades SDX
recording session.

Al and sampling drummer Norman Garschke. “The amount of bucket-list moments and legendary elements incorporated in this product are mind-blowing,” he says.

In 2015, Al was the first-ever recording engineer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s aptly placed right outside the iconic Capitol Records building where Al continues to work to this day. Here he’s captured together with Toontrack co-founder
Mattias Eklund.

ABOUT
CAPITOL
STUDIOS.

The Capitol Records building, towering like a beacon against the Hollywood skyline, is arguably one of the few Los Angeles landmarks as iconic as the Hollywood sign itself.

In the heart of this cylinder-shaped structure is Capitol Studios, where new pieces of our music history have been written, recorded and mastered for the past 60 years and counting. Hosting two main rooms, Studio B with its 1023 square feet of floor space, impressive height and impeccably crafted acoustics was the perfect choice.

In fact, many industry professionals consider Studio B as having one of the premier drum rooms in the world. This particular room has a long list of legendary albums under its belt. Green Day, Neil Young and John Mayer are just a few vivid examples of artists that have immortalized seminal works between its four walls.

ABOUT
CAPITOL STUDIOS.

The Capitol Records building, towering like a beacon against the Hollywood skyline, is arguably one of the few Los Angeles landmarks as iconic as the Hollywood sign itself.

In the heart of this cylinder-shaped structure is Capitol Studios, where new pieces of our music history have been written, recorded and mastered for the past 60 years and counting. Hosting two main rooms, Studio B with its 1023 square feet of floor space, impressive height and impeccably crafted acoustics was the perfect choice.

In fact, many industry professionals consider Studio B as having one of the premier drum rooms in the world. This particular room has a long list of legendary albums under its belt. Green Day, Neil Young and John Mayer are just a few vivid examples of artists that have immortalized seminal works between its four walls.

FUN FACTS.

  • The first artist to ever record at Capitol Studios when it opened in 1956 was Frank Sinatra
  • From 1956 to 1968, Capitol Studios was reserved for Capitol Records artists, but in 1968 the studio opened its doors to non-Capitol productions
  • Some key artists that recorded during the studio’s early years include The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Wayne Newton and Peggy Lee
  • Some of Capitol’s most unique features are eight subterranean echo chambers located 20 feet underground
  • There is a retractable wall between Studio A and B, enabling both rooms to be joined together and host up to 75-piece orchestras

THE DRUMS.

THE DRUMS.

THE DRUMS.

THE DRUMS.

The Decades SDX includes five kits as well as an impressive selection of snare drums, kick drums and cymbals. More information, detailed instrument list and a comprehensive selection of audio demos will be available upon release.

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DRUMMER 3?

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Welcome to the future of drum production.

TO THE FUTURE

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 3
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