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New Toys: Alan Parsons ASSR Session Files

Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording Session Files Vol.1 are professionally recorded, multi-track recordings that can be loaded into your own digital audio workstation for processing in any way you like. Session Files are taken from the on-going series of live recording master class training sessions with famed engineer/producer Alan Parsons.

These are 10 individual songs produced and recorded by Parsons at studios around the world including EMI Abbey Road—the studio where Parsons started out with the Beatles and went on to engineer Dark Side Of The Moon for Pink Floyd. Later, he produced and engineered his own multi-platinum records with The Alan Parsons Project.

You get raw, contiguous multi-tracks recorded at 24-bit/88.2kHz ready to load into any DAW. There is also a detailed track sheet with each session that includes: instrumentation, microphones and positioning plus personal session notes from Parsons.

Musicians featured on the recordings include A-list session players: Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Nathan East, Tim Pierce, Michael Thompson and others.

I received the session files for a song called “Do You Live At All.” It was excellently tracked to a click and it comes, “warts and all,” ready for a good mix. I especially liked the .pdf file of the track sheet plus notes and details about each track. ASSR’s Session Files are going to be a big hit with recording engineering schools, home recording enthusiasts—anyone who wants an inside look while having a great way to practice mixing using awesome sounding music played live by the best players.

Session Files can be purchased by download or pre-loaded onto a USB drive. They are not for resale or publication but you can edit them, remix them, and try your own vocals or other instrumentation freely.

They sell for $99 each and there are also educational prices with The Complete Collection (all ten songs) pre-loaded onto a custom USB drive.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.