Bill Smith got a chance to do what most of us just dream about, and that’s assist for some of the engineering luminaries during his days as an assistant at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. But it gets better. For many years Bill was the personal assistant to the great Al Schmitt. There’s nothing like learning from the master himself!
Bill has gone on to have a great engineering career himself, working with artists like Yes, Quincy Jones, John Fogerty, Natalie Cole, and many more, plus a variety of films and television shows.
In our interview Bill gives us the secret behind Al Schmitt’s genius, compares the approach of the some of the engineer greats, and tells a great story about recording Yes under unusual circumstances, and much more.
On the intro I look at how Warner Music has 20 out of the top 50 albums, and why that’s not good for music, and at a new artificial intelligence algorithm that imitates any voice.