Patrick Smith is the former 5 times Emmy Award nominated Director of Audio for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he worked for 22 years mixing over 4500 shows. He supervised all audio concerns for the show, which encompassed sfx editing, recording voice-overs, field recording, and postproduction.
He is also recognized as one of the top recording and mix engineers in the world. He has recorded and mixed over 85 award-winning recordings for legendary Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer winning artist such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Mayfield, New Kids on the Block, Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Ray Brown, and Kenny Garrett. He has recorded and mixed film scores for Spike Lee, 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. He is also an accomplished live sound mixer who has mixed in iconic venues from Carnegie Hall to Sydney Hall.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Patrick became a top trombonist and drum major for Fulton High School. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. He also lectures at colleges and universities around the world. He is also a highly regarded consultant for recording studios, and production companies.
He is currently mixing American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and the Last Comic Standing (finale), he is also working on two motion pictures with producer/director Dan Pritzker, and mixing albums for Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Name: Patrick L Smith
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Sound Minds for Sound Ideas
Occupation: Music Supervisor, Sound Designer, Sound Editor and Sound Mixer