Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons Debuts Recording Master Classes at New Parsonics Studio in Santa Barbara

Alan Parsons has announced a series of recording master classes at his brand new recording facility Parsonics in Santa Barbara, July 25, 26 and 27.

Each master class has a separate theme. On July 25 Music Production Rules!’ is for music educators, where Alan will be supported by a team of audio specialists and educators, who will unravel the mysteries of teaching music production and audio engineering. Topics include Funding, Which DAW?, Pedagogy, Lesson Plans, Certification and Career Opportunities. The final session sees Alan demonstrating different ways to record acoustic guitar with vocal simultaneously—a perennial challenge and one of the most popular scenes in Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR) series that has now become a staple in schools and colleges all over the world.

July 26 ‘In The Mix’ is a mix session, where Alan will mix two tracks recorded at previous ASSR master classes. One, a stereo mix, the second, a Surround mix employing Alan’s imposing line-up of B&W 802 Diamond loudspeakers.

Alan Parsons has long championed spatially enhanced formats—his legendary Quad mix of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon is featured in the Immersion Edition 6 CD Boxed Set—and The Alan Parsons Project album Stereotomy was recorded using the first iteration of ambisonics. In 2019 Alan won the Grammy for Best Immersive Album for his re-mastered 35th Anniversary Edition of Eye In The Sky.

At the mix session attendees will witness first hand Alan’s meticulous attention to detail on all aspects of mixing, from preparation to automation, processing, balance, positioning and levels, as well as tap into his approaches to and secrets of mixing in Surround.

The final session on July 27 is a full band recording session with live tracking of drums, bass, guitar and keys, instrumental overdubs and vocals. Entitled ‘Life’s A Long Song’ Alan is indeed a master of such intense single day sessions where decisions have to made quickly and the collective energy in the room contributes to the event's highly creative atmosphere.

These are the first master classes to be held at Alan’s luxurious, Neve 5088-endowed Parsonics facility in the hills above Santa Barbara, where attendees will be able to take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean during breaks.

Meals and refreshments are included in the ticket price and discounted multi-day tickets are also available. All attendees receive signed Certificates Of Completion relevant to the class or classes they attend.

Further details and tickets at:

‘Music Production Rules!’ artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/sb1

‘In The Mix’ artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/sb2

‘Life’s A Long Song’artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/sb3

Contact ASSR at [email protected] or 1-800-752-2780