Studio Training Session with Sylvia Massy

Record Producer & Studio Engineer Sylvia Massy hosted a studio training session in San Francisco on December 8th, 2012.

Saturday, December 8, 2012, 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. session with
Sylvia Massy & The Family Crest at Studio Trilogy


Sylvia Massy, whose work has received multiple Grammy® awards and nominations, presents the first ASSR training event at Studio Trilogy in SoMa, San Francisco on December 8th, 2012.

ASSR producers Alan Parsons and Julian Colbeck write: “We are thrilled that Sylvia is taking the reins for this event. Although Sylvia is a technical whiz she also has great sensitivity to the needs of the material. The day is going to deliver a lot of hard information in the context of great invention and artistry. Attendees are in for a real treat.”

Studio Trilogy has been home to a wide range of classic and classy recordings from artists including Kronos Quartet, Primus, R Kelly, and St. Vincent (and even shoulda-been-presidents like Al Gore).

Sylvia will be recording The Family Crest, a six-piece, anthemic, orchestral indie rock collective fronted by Liam McCormick. The basic line-up features ‘cello, violin and flute in addition to bass, drums and guitar and Sylvia will be recording the basic track live, addressing many fascinating challenges that such instrumentation will pose.

“There are no rules,” says Sylvia. “Just tried and tested techniques that I’m going to balance against some more experimental approaches. We’re really going to be stretching our wings.”

Sylvia is well known for her love of managing phase relationships when recording transient sounds and attendees will be able to study this and ask questions about her approach first hand.

Sylvia will also bring her complete vocal chain and will also be looking at vintage compression, which will be particularly interesting given the dynamic range of strings within an indie rock context.

The ticket price of $675 includes admission, all refreshments during the day plus a copy of the Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording DVD set ($149 value).

For more information on Sylvia Massy and Loud Palace, visit

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Featuring The Family Crest

The Family Crest is a six-piece band that has a larger “extended family” of some 250 people. (We are assured all alumni will not be around to help us break the Guinness World Record for Most Band members Crammed Inside A Vocal Booth). According to the blog Seismic-Sound, The Family Crest fuses multiple genres with songs that vary from “symphonic to flat-out Rock & Roll ruckus.”


This event requires a reasonable working knowledge of DAW recording. Attendees will not be required to take over the controls at any stage but there will be opportunities to do so for people so inclined.


The Studio Session will be held at Studio Trilogy in SoMa
• 1160 Bryant Street • San Francisco, CA 94104 • Tel (415) 558-7100 •


    Morning Session
  • 09.30–10.00
    Welcome, sign-in and explanation of the day’s activities. Coffee and pastries will be served.
  • 10.00–11.00
    Discuss the approach to the session. Set up for live tracking including miking the drums and other instruments (strings will be featured).
  • 11.00–11.15
  • 11.15–12.30
    Recording the basic tracks.
  • 12.30–1.30
    Lunch with Sylvia at the studio.

  • Afternoon Session
  • 1.30–3.30
    Overdubs and vocals (Sylvia will bring her own vocal chain, which will form part of the discussion).
  • 3.30–3.45
  • 3.45–6.00
    Mix (to include processing and some automation).
  • 6.15–7.00
    Q&A panel with Sylvia and band. Refreshments will be served.

  • Event ends at 7.30


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