"In my beginning I have loved to watch my uncle in New York how he moved the musicians to get the correct balance in the room, because there were no headphones and overdubs, and mixing was not possible."

Al Schmitt and recording acoustic music can be compared to Roger Federer and Tennis; they are a perfect match. Al Schmitt has been recording music since the ‘50’s, first at Apex Recording Studios and then as engineer at RCA. After having worked several years as an independent producer, he began spending more time as an engineer, and is presently doing most of his work at studios such as Capitol and Powerstation (Avatar). Schmitt has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Miles Davis and many others. A complete list would be mind-boggling. Al Schmitt has been awarded 23 Grammy's for his work and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.


"... making music, with musicians all around you, it’s a different way of making music. Everybody can hear each other, see each other, and the room (Blackbird Studio C)  sounds great."

George Massenburg is a specialist in the domain of acoustic music. Massenburg participated (individually and collaboratively) in over four hundred record albums over the past 45 years. His work includes recordings of Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Joel, Toto, Dixie Chicks, Journey, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Linda Ronstadt, Herbie Hancock and many more. He has designed, built and managed several recording studios. With George Massenburg Labs he has released an extensive range of innovative console automation devices, analog signal processors, microphone preamplifiers and more. George is a recipient of many awards, including 4 Grammy's.




"An average recording is nothing more than a documentation - a great recording brings the music's emotions to the listener"

Daniel represents the younger generation of sound-engineers.  Early in his career, he was influenced a lot by the work of both Al Schmitt and George Massenburg. With his understanding of the importance of high-quality gear, Daniel began building a new place to record in Basel - the “Idee und Klang Studio”, which has become one of Switzerland and Germany's leading studios for acoustic music. It boasts the largest collection of vintage mics in Switzerland. Daniel’s work include projects with the London Symphony Orchestra, ECM, Mark Turner, WDR Bigband, Lisette Spinnler, and Ute Lemper. His work is noted for it’s superb tonal quality and very large “depth of field”. In addition, Daniel is a professor of Sound Engineering at the Zurich University of Art and the Jazzcampus in Basel.