Hal Leonard

The METAlliance® Academy Curriculum Series

Hal Leonard Books, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and more, and the METAlliance®, an unparalleled association of six legendary engineers/producers, have partnered to develop a series of educational tools for sound engineers and music producers at every level from hobbyist to professional. Welcome to the METAlliance® Academy!

Established in 2005 by globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone, the METAlliance® is a collaborative community that fosters relationships between producers, engineers, and manufacturers in order to ensure the highest standards of audio production. This group, which was deeply involved in establishing foundational music recording techniques and technical standards, has now turned its attention to providing education and inspiration to music creators while promoting excellence in engineering and production.

Accordingly, in conjunction with Hal Leonard, the METAlliance® has begun publishing the collective knowledge amassed by these A-list producers and engineers with a product line including A/V tutorial courses, print and ebooks, Power Learning Digital Print versions of these books, and in-person workshop events.

Al Schmitt on Using Microphones

In Al Schmitt on Using Microphones, you’ll join Al in the studio as he walks you through his Miking process, helps you select proper equipment, and guides you to capture only the best sounds.

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Frank Filipetti on Mixing in the Box

In Frank Filipetti on Mixing in the Box, Filipetti offers an unprecedented look into his practice, exhibiting his methods for creating peerless mixes, both stereo and surround, with a digital audio workstation.

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Chuck Ainlay on Tracking a Band

In Chuck Ainlay on Tracking a Band, Ainlay takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour that reveals his secrets to sonic success in tracking.

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Ed Cherney on Recording Vocals

In Ed Cherney on Recording Vocals, Ed delves into the essentials of a vocal session: comparing and setting up microphones, taking care to pair the right mic with the right pre; creating a cue mix; easing the artist into a session; comping tracks; and positioning the background singers to optimize the natural mix.

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George Massenburg on Critical Listening

In George Massenburg on Critical Listening, you’ll attend a master class with a master of the art and science to create a full-fledged song with a real-world singer.

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Elliot Scheiner on 5.1 Surround Sound

In Elliot Scheiner on 5.1 Surround Sound, you’ll work alongside Scheiner known for numerous, tremendous record projects - and premium car surround sound systems - as he introduces you to his 5.1 surround sound mix process.

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