Can Leapwing’s latest plug‑in really sprinkle some Al Schmitt magic on your recordings?
The latest addition to Leapwing Audio’s compact but high‑quality range of processors is their first ‘signature’ plug‑in, and the signature in question is that of recording and mixing legend Al Schmitt. Al may now be in his 90s but he remains very active and his credit list is second‑to‑none — so much so that it’s really not even worth me attempting to pick out any highlights here; if you’re unfamiliar with his work, you really should read up on his career!
What is worth pointing out here is that Al Schmitt is renowned for an approach that starts with high‑quality audio sources and a mixing style where the processing is deliberately kept subtle, simply enhancing already great recordings to make them the best they can be.
For the plug‑in Leapwing have focused largely on Al’s approach to reverb, compression, EQ and saturation, and beneath the hood, there are no doubt some very sophisticated algorithms at play. But rather than simply provide virtual recreations of the control sets found in some of Al’s favourite classic analogue gear, Leapwing have deliberately opted for a minimalist approach to the GUI design (shown above), reducing the control set to a few key components, both to make...