Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons Announces 2020 Recording Master Class

Alan Parsons and ASSR announce the initial line-up of their 2020 master classes with the band Dishwalla in the crosshairs for a Live Band Recording class on March 8 at ParSonics in Santa Barbara.

Parsons' Master Class Recording Sessions have routinely sold out since the very first one was held at The Village in Los Angeles in 2011.

The season kicks off with a mixing class on March 7 where Parsons will construct both a stereo and a surround mix—Alan Parsons won a Grammy for Best Immersive Album in 2019—in front of an audience of under 20.

March 8 sees fellow Santa Barbarians Dishwalla enter the fray, submitting to what Parsons describes as “every musician’s worst nightmare—20 producers in the room.”

The day will begin by analyzing a new song Dishwalla has written especially for the session. To follow, Parsons will reveal his drum miking techniques before the acoustic rigors of a full live tracking session begins where George Pendergast (drums), Scot Alexander (bass), Rodney Browning Cravens (guitar) and Jim Wood (keys) will be closeted up in the live room together to create the song’s initial backing track.

Dishwalla lead vocalist Justin Fox is looking forward to A/B-ing his Slate Virtual mics with some of Alan Parsons’ actual classic mics in what promises to be a fascinating day of classic techniques with modern technologies.

Parsons’ ASSR team heads to Germany May 13 for a mixing master class in Munich ahead of the city’s audio exhibition High End where Parsons will be 2020’s Brand Ambassador, before returning to Santa Barbara for a special Music Educators class on July 24 followed by another mixing and recording class on July 25 and 26.

ASSR’s live master classes are the latest in a series of events and products Alan Parsons has created to "give back" and pass on many of the lessons he has learned in a recording career that spans more than 50 years, beginning in 1969 at Abbey Road, working with the Beatles.

Since releasing the original Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series in 2010, his ASSR—created with writing partner and musician Julian Colbeck—is a provider of educational materials for Recording Arts programs, including a full Music Production Curriculum for schools, complete with a new Professional Certification program unveiled at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim.

 Full details and tickets at artandscienceofsound.com/mcts