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What you get

Authenticated Training

  • Industry Certification
  • Access to all course materials

All ages and levels

  • 18+ as introductory. Or refresher
Course Length

3-6 months

  • No time limits

Payment Plan available

Learn recording from an internationally acclaimed producer, engineer and artist.

26 video-based lesson modules From any device, any time

Based on the award-winning Art & Science Of Sound Recording series. With new and updated content

Meet your instructor

Alan Parsons

The course, which has been licensed to elite colleges and institutions worldwide, is based on the Alan Parsons' Art & Science Of Sound Recording, a program authored by the legendary engineer and producer Alan Parsons. Alan worked with The Beatles, engineered Dark Side Of The Moon and enjoyed a multi-platinum career as a producer and as an artist with The Alan Parsons Project.

Alan won the Grammy in 2019 for Best Immersive Album for Eye In The Sky. Records made by Alan are widely sampled by today's hip-hop producers. He continues to produce new music from his studio in California, including The Secret (2019) and a brand new album due in the Summer of 2022. Alan tours as the Alan Parsons Live Project with shows in 2022 in the US and Europe.

Here’s what you get!


From an industry legend with multiple Platinum records. 2019 Grammy Winner.

Go at your own pace

Work at your own speed. No time limits, no stress!

Unique Assignments

Each lesson module comes with its own project/work assignment.

Music Files

Alan Parsons Session File ($99 value), multi-miked piano, choir recording and Games People Play APLP live multitrack

CONNECT with Students

Chat with fellow students in forums specific to each lesson

Remember What You Learned

Online Quizzes & extensive printable glossary specific to each lesson

Plus Industry Certification

(awarded at the end of the course)

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from your idols.."

- R. F. Los Angeles, CA

The Syllabus

The course comprises almost 11 hours of video training spanning 26 lesson modules that cover the Fundamentals of Music Production

Each module comprises a Main Video Lesson, a specific Glossary, additional supporting audio, video or image files, and a specific Assignment related to the lesson.

You get one professionally-recorded main raw multitrack—the Alan Parsons’ written and produced All Our Yesterdays, featuring musicians Simon Phillips (drums), Nathan East (bass), Rami Jaffee (keyboards), Tim Pierce (guitar) and P.J. Olsson (vocals)—that you use throughout the course. Three additional multitracks support specific Assignments.

Each lesson has its own forum, mainly for communication between students. ASSR does provide input as well but this is not a specific feature of the course.

Each lesson module concludes with a 10-point Quiz specific to the lesson. Once the Quiz has been completed students can move on to the next lesson.

The lesson modules comprise:

  • A Brief History of Recording
  • Studio Acoustics - a guide to how sound behaves in rooms
  • DAWs and Current Equipment Choices in 2020
  • Microphones
  • Consoles and Controllers
  • Digital Audio and Computers - a guide to the technology
  • Monitoring - from loudspeakers to ear buds
  • MIDI
  • EQ (Equalization)
  • Compressors and Limiters
  • Noise Gates
  • Reverbs
  • Delays
  • A Band Tracking Session
  • Making Beats
  • Vocals
  • Internet Recording
  • Recording Drums
  • Recording Keyboards
  • Recording Bass
  • Recording Guitar
  • Recording Guitar With Vocal
  • Recording A Choir
  • Live Recording - an introduction
  • Mixing
  • Dealing With Disasters

At the end of the course you will receive the ASSR Online Certification in The Fundamentals Of Recording & Music Production.

Why You Need This Course

  • To get training in Music Production from one of the most renowned figures in the industry with a career spanning The Beatles to a Grammy win in 2019.
  • You’re making music at home and want to develop your skills and your knowledge.
  • You’re in a band and want to be able to make decent demos without breaking the bank.
  • You are the parent or guardian of a student interested in Music Production who has decided to defer College until ‘normal college life’ returns. This will act as a powerful way to make use of their time and prepare them for further education when the time comes.
  • You are a seasoned musician but want to get to grips with modern recording tools and techniques.
  • You are an educator working in this fast-changing world and want to pick up tips from a Master and broaden your knowledge.
  • You need Industry Certification for work or education opportunities.
  • Between the click bait and unqualified presenters whose work you’ve never even heard... you’re just not getting enough out of YouTube. Now you want some context, some authenticated instruction, and actual learning as opposed to just looking.
  • At the moment you cannot afford to take out a Student Loan to attend a physical Audio Engineering School or College Course. $375 is your total investment.

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Frequently Asked Questions


A. Great. And No. The major distinctions between the ASSR video series and this course are: 1. This is a curated, guided ‘course,’ where we explain the concepts with additional files, links, and glossaries. The video series is purely something you just watch. 2. You get specific Tasks and Projects for each lesson, which are invaluable when it comes to applying this knowledge to your own recording style and situation. 3. You get four complete raw multitrack session file included in the price of the course. The main one is All Our Yesterdays, the song you see being recorded throughout the videos. Now you can join that band, plus you get to mix it! 4. Finally, there are two brand new videos and lessons, one on making beats, and one looking at equipment trends and options.

A. If you have the money and the time, absolutely! This course is designed from the ground up to be taken online and does not even try to replicate the college experience. What it does do, though, is provide you with a complete grounding in Recording and Music Production. Every aspect is covered and, armed with this solid, basic knowledge, you can continue learning as you pursue your career or further your studies at a college or university. Either way, you’ll carry the knowledge you gain here for life.

No. Schools who run a recording or music production program have facilities and instructors who bring their own experience and perspective to the table. This is purely an online course. You’ll need your own equipment and your own discipline to do the tasks and projects. Everyone is different. Institutions are not for everyone and, especially in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, not even an option for everyone.

A minimum of 26 days, i.e. you can’t go quicker than one module a day. But more sensibly, do one module a week. It’s not a race.

You get all 26 lessons, each with their own videos, tasks and projects, supporting information and bonus videos, a dedicated lesson glossary, access to a dedicated forum for each lesson, and a complete professionally recorded multitrack to use as raw material. And a certificate!

Of course you can purchase other things we produce but none are needed for this course. Nothing is missing and there are no hidden extras.

First one, no. Second one unlikely but not impossible. Alan and the team have carefully written and designed this course so that you won’t need him hanging over your shoulder as you take it!

Correct! Actually 72! But if your question is something like ‘how relevant can he be to what I’m doing today?’ The answer is, how about Pythagoras in Math? Or Isaac Newton, or Einstein? The point is ‘science’ usually doesn’t date very quickly and this course is 50% grounded in the science of recording. 10kHz is 10kHz and this frequency governs what it governs whether you’re using an old analog console or an EQ plugin released this morning.

Funnily enough, the ‘Art’ 50% of this course is also surprisingly timeless. Plus, if you want to know how classic records—like the ones you, your parents, and possibly grandparents have heard—were made, you’ve come to the right place. As one 24 year old said recently, “If you’ve only worked ‘in the box’ and never really recorded anything, much less worked on a console, you’re missing half the experience.” You can’t really call yourself a producer until you know something about ‘real recording’ using mics, objects that produce sound, and those weird and wonderful people called ‘singers.’

Finally, Alan is still making records—as we speak! And he won a Grammy in 2019.

Well you can just not bother spending much time on one if you like. BUT… the whole point of this course is to stretch your mind and expand your horizons. So, try to give them all some time. You might surprise yourself!

Maybe, if you had ten years to find it all. That said, most YT videos tend to go molecular because the presenter is really into a technique or a piece of equipment. That can sometimes be very useful but rarely do you find much context. Without context (which you’ll fine loads of here) information can be quite hard to apply.

Yes! There are nine more for sale in the ASSR website shop on sale at a discounted price to anyone taking the course. You’ll get the discount coupon in your initial welcome package.

Not without contacting first. This is copyrighted material for your unfettered personal use as part of this course. If you feel you have done a cracking job and feel it could be released, please contact us at the above address and we will respond.

Yes, you are able to download the included Session File and Glossaries and access the videos.

1. A DAW (any platform). You’ll need to be able to load and play a raw session file (2.5GB) containing 62-tracks of audio (wave) data.

2. A decent pair of monitors. If not, a decent pair of headphones.

3. An audio interface (4 channels)

4. Microphones: You don’t have to have a fancy mic closet but a small selection of mics (both dynamic and condenser) will be helpful.