We’re honored to present a new guest blog series from recording engineer David Hewitt.
A legendary name in the industry, David has recorded and engineered an incredible array of talented artists in both live and studio settings across the world. In this new series he’ll be sharing stories from his illustrious career.
To kick off this series we’re giving you a look at David’s life, detailing how he got his start in the music business.
Originally from Montana, his family moved constantly with each new deployment for his father, an Air Force Pilot. The nomadic lifestyle of his military family gave David an affinity for the traveling life that would become an integral part of his future remote recording career.
He got his start in the pro audio industry in 1970 at Regent Sound Studios in Philadelphia before moving to New York, where he would soon take over the remote division of the Record Plant. It was there that he built the famed “Black Truck,” the first truly modern mobile recording studio, with which he captured many incredible live performances for bands from Pink Floyd to Miles Davis to Frank Zappa.
David recording on the legendary Black Truck
Starting his own company, Remote Recording Services, Hewitt purchased the “Black Truck” to carry on his work with the biggest names in music. Several years later, he built his next state-of-the-art mobile studio, the “Silver Truck” featuring the latest in analog and digital technology. An all-digital “White Truck” followed. He continues to record and consult on a wide range of studio and live projects under the name, Hewitt Remote Services.
David’s work in the music industry has earned him many honors, including the distinction of an 8-time TEC Award Winner and member of the TEC Hall of Fame. He has received dozens of gold and platinum records, Cinema Audio Society awards and Grammy Award winning records, not to mention Emmy winning broadcasts.
We are so excited to have David join the A-T blogging team! His son Ryan Hewitt’s Always in Record series has been a hit with readers and we can’t wait until you see what David has in store so stay tuned for David’s first “Road Diaries” blog entry where he shares an inside look at what it was like to record with Bruce Springsteen.
Photos courtesy of David Hewitt