In addition to his incredibly successful run with Jay Leno, Smith has recorded and mixed over 85 award-winning albums for legendary Grammy-®, Emmy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Mayfield, New Kids on the Block, Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Ray Brown and Kenny Garrett. He has also recorded and mixed film scores for Sidney Lumet and John Singleton. His television credits include projects for FOX, NPR, ESPN, HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Apple, and several documentaries for the award-winning director/producer Ken Burns. Smith is an accomplished live sound mixer who has mixed in iconic venues from Carnegie Hall to Sydney Hall.
“It is a lot easier to get a natural sound in the PA that works for the broadcast mix when using DPA,” adds Smith. “You have to EQ a lot less when using DPA mics. In addition, DPA mics consistently hold up in all conditions and never fail while being doused with water or yanked on.”
Smith’s most recent projects include Little Big Shots, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance. He is also working on two motion pictures with producer/director Dan Pritzker, and mixing albums for Jeff Watts, Connie Han, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. “I never go into a television or music project without a DPA microphone in my arsenal,” says Smith. “I’ve been using DPA for over 25 years and have no plans to stop anytime soon.”
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