More than simply the book of the award-winning DVD set, Art & Science of Sound Recording, the Book takes legendary engineer, producer, and artist Alan Parsons' approaches to sound recording to the next level. In book form, Parsons has the space to include more technical background information, more detailed diagrams, plus a complete set of course notes on each of the 24 topics, from "The Brief History of Recording" to the now-classic "Dealing with Disasters." Written with the DVD's coproducer, musician, and author Julian Colbeck, ASSR, the Book offers readers a classic "big picture" view of modern recording technology in conjunction with an almost encyclopedic list of specific techniques, processes, and equipment.
A brief History Of Recording traces recording technology right back to Edison and the wax cylinder
Studio Acoustics looks at the principles and processes of how sound works in an enclosed space.
Microphones are involved in almost all aspects and avenues of recording; even a sampled drum
Most people’s vision of what a recording studio looks like is a room primarily occupied by a large
Unless you are a die-hard, analog purist, or have some phobia against computers, recording is now
Monitoring is hearing, or listening. Recording and playback devices were developed at the same time
Compression concerns dynamic range and an explanation of exactly what dynamic range
In this section Alan discovers the invention (and inventor) and development of the noise gate
This section opens with Alan shouting at the mountains alongside his Santa Barbara home.
There are generations of guitarists whose careers would have been very different had it not for the delay effect.
Alan wrote a brand new ‘Alan Parsons’ track for this DVD set and this section offers a fly-on-the-wall
The production descends upon legendary British session drummer Simon Phillips (ex. also of The Who, Toto…) in his Los Angeles studio.
Sounds that can come under the heading of 'keyboards' range from synth string pads to a screaming
The role of bass in rock, pop, and hip-hop is absolutely crucial. This section looks at bass recording techniques
Guitar recording has developed considerably since Alan first helped to record guitar heroes such as George Harrison
A common recording conundrum is tackled in this section. How do you record both
Every school, college, and church has a choir that would like to be recorded for posterity.
The Alan Parsons Live Project at The Grove Theatre in Anaheim, California, filmed early in 2009
The mix is where the rubber hits the road for any recording. Conducted primarily at LA’s Record One studios
“Master of Gothic Blues” Tim Scott McConnell, aka Ledfoot, expounds at Blackbird Studios.
The ASSR Educational License installs the complete Alan Parsons' Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series as a stand-alone app on individual workstations in your lab, making this award-winning body of work available to all your students in a fast and accessible format. The Educational License is the cornerstone of the recently announced Music Production Curriculum—a complete and integrated educational package comprising 24 full-length Lessons Plans based on this video series and Session Files.
Master Class Training Sessions are live events where Attendees get hands-on, interactive instruction from Alan Parsons on the 'art and science' of sound recording. They follow similar themes to the Art And Science Of Sound Recording videos but as live events they are more in-depth and offer the chance to actually work with Alan Parsons.
Master Class Training Sessions are held in recording studios around the world and currently comprise one or two day sessions at one of three Levels.