Legendary Producer AL SCHMITT Has Died

We at Gear Gods are saddened to learn that the most Grammy-award winning engineer/mixer in history, Al Schmitt, has passed away. Having engineered over 150 Gold and Platinum albums, in a career spanning 7 decades, he worked with artists from Duke Ellington, to Henry Mancini, Jefferson Airplane, Steely Dan, to Paul McCartney and many more legends.

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He was 91, and as recently as last year had worked with our friends at Toontrack on an EZMix pack and the Decades SDX expansion for Superior Drummer, as well as a recent signature plugin with Leapwing, demonstrating that even after 70 years in the business, he was still innovating and working with new technology in an ever-changing industry.

At this time the cause of death has not been released, but tributes are pouring in from around the industry.

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