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David W. Hewitt

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David W. Hewitt
Butte, MT
Occupation(s)Audio engineer
Associated acts
  • Pink Floyd
  • Simon and Garfunkle
  • Eagles
  • Neil Young
  • Aerosmith
  • Billy Joel
  • Eric Clapton
  • Barbara Streisand

David W. Hewitt (born 1945) is an American recording/mix engineer, known for pioneering state of the art remote recording over a 40-plus-year career - recording live broadcasts, records, and audio for film and video. Among Hewitt's many credits are: Pink Floyd’s The Delicate Sound of Thunder, Live Aid, the Academy Awards, PBS’s Live from the Met series; The Three Tenors, The Complete Last Concert of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Havana Jam, The Metropolitan Opera’s Gala for Joseph Volpe, Eagles Live from Melbourne, the classic Neil Young film, Rust Never Sleeps.


David Hewitt was born into an Air Force family and was raised all over the world. He attended high school in both France and Germany and attended university at North Dakota State University from 1964-1966. Hewitt had wanted to be a race car driver and held various positions as a mechanic and/or test driver before heading into the recording world.[1]

Hewitt has 3 children; one is producer/engineer, Ryan Hewitt. [2]

Professional career[edit]

Hewitt's professional engineering career started in 1970 when he was hired by Regent Sound Studios in Philadelphia. He stayed there for 3 years until he moved on to the Record Plant in NYC where he became the Director of the Remote Division which he ran until 1985. In 1978, Hewitt designed and built the legendary Black Truck for the Record Plant, along with his crew, John Venable, Phil Gitomer, Robert "Kooster" McAllister and Dave "DB" Brown. It was a state of the art mobile studio. They recorded everyone from Aretha Franklin to Frank Zappa, also expanding the Record Plant's client list in live radio, television and films. Among these recorded performances were the first live MTV concert, the Tony Awards, the Grammy Awards, Live from the Met Opera and the films Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, the Rolling Stones' Let's Spend the Night Together, Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps, No Nukes and Queen Rock Montreal.[3][circular reference]

In 1979, Hewitt began an independent company, Remote Recording Services, which became one of the longest running independently owned remote companies in North America. Hewitt's sons, Ryan and Nathaniel, occasionally shared engineering responsibilities with their father. Hewitt purchased the Black Truck from the Record Plant,[4] and went on to design the Silver Studio in 1990, which was used to record live concerts such as Live Aid and A&E's "Live by Request" with k.d. lang and The Dixie Chicks, as well as Neil Young's Red Rocks Live DVD and PBS's "Live From the Met" series. The Silver Studio had a 48-channel Neve VR M console, Studer 900 Series submixers, Millennia and API outboard mic pre's, KRK and other monitoring, 2 Studer D827's, 2 Studer A820's w/Dolby A, SR or Telcom noise reduction, and a Sony PCM-800 (48 tracks). Video was captured using a Sony XBR 27-inch color monitor w/switcher and 2 NEC 12-inch monitors.

The truck was a 1997 Peterbilt tractor with 400-h. Cummins turbo-diesel engine, 44-foot Dorsey Air Ride trailer; 6’8" square engineering area; 7×7’6" VIP seating area; 12’8"×7’6"machine area; 6’4"×7’4" acoustically treated multi-use area.

The Silver Studio recorded concerts by Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, Don Henley, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Elton John, Berlin Philharmonic, Backstreet Boys, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, U2, Aretha Franklin, and Nine Inch Nails. Hewitt worked with many different producers and engineers such as Phil Ramone, Ed Cherney, Bob Clearmountain, Tom Dowd, Mutt Lange, Elliot Scheiner, and Arif Mardin.[5]

In 2003 Hewitt sold Remote Recording Services, but remained on as president and constructed a new digital facility known as The White Truck. In 2009 Hewitt left the company to form Hewitt Remote Services where he is president and chief engineer. [6][7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

  • 1994 Nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards (1994)

  • 1993 Nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards (1993)

Cinema Audio Society, USA[edit]

  • 2007 Nominee - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Non-Fiction, Variety or Music - Series or Specials

Great Performances (1971) Episode: "Great Performances: 'South Pacific' in Concert from Carnegie Hall (2006)"'

  • 2005 Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Non-Fiction, Variety or Music - Series or Specials

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004 (2004)

  • 2000 Nominee - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials

Great Performances (1971) Episode: "Great Performances: Crazy for You (1999)"

  • 1997 Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Movie of the Week, Mini-Series or Specials

The Three Tenors at Giants Stadium (1996)[8]

Grammy Awards[edit]

TEC Awards[edit]

Hewitt has been nominated numerous times and has received 8 Tec awards for his technical contributions to the recording industry. In 2006, he was inducted into the Tec Hall of Fame.[10]

Selected works[edit]



  1. Hewitt, David. "David Hewitt". Linked In. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  2. Hewitt, David. "NAMM Tec Awards Hall of Fame Talks". Tec Awards. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  3. "Record Plant". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  4. Hewitt, David. "1000 CONCERTS 1000 STORIES FROM THE RECORDING TRUCK". Recording Studios Rock Stars. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  5. "Remote Recording Services". Mixonline. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  6. Hewitt, David. "Introducing David Hewitt's Road Diaries". Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  7. Hewitt, David W. "David Hewitt". Linked in. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  8. Hewitt, David. "Awards and Nominations". IMDb. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  9. Hewitt, David. "artists". Grammy. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  10. Hewitt, David. "Tec Hall of Fame 2006". Tec Awards. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  11. Hewitt, David. "David Hewitt". Discogs. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  12. Hewitt, Dave. "Dave Hewitt". All Music. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  13. Hewitt, David. "David Hewitt". Discogs. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  14. Hewitt, David. "Credits". All Music. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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