master class training session

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.

MCTS sessions are held in recording studios around the world and currently comprise one or two day sessions at one of three Levels.


Class Levels

level 1

Level 1

Introduction to recording: approaches and techniques in lecture or seminar form. Half or 1-Day. No prior knowledge required. Level 1 MCTS may be conducted in recording studio or lecture/auditorium locations.

level 2

Level 2

One-Day hands-on sessions with some knowledge of DAW recording required. Suitable for music production / recording students. Live tracking; vocals and basic mixing covered.

level 3

Level 3

Two-Day hands-on sessions with good knowledge of DAW recording and experience as musician, engineer, or producer required. Level 3 events are typically staged at professional recording studios. Attendees get to witness and assist in all stages of a recording session from tracking to overdubs (instrumental and vocal), processing and mixing.

Past MCTS Events

August 10-12 2018


Recording and Relaxation in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Read More…

FEB 1-2 2013

Las Vegas

Alan writes in the studio and Vegas’ crème de la crème of session players never miss a beat. Read More…

March 24-25 2018

Orange County

"Orchestral Maneuvers" was Alan's first full Symphony recording in America, that also featured A-list LA session players Vinnie Colaiuta and Nathan East at Hybrid Studios. Read More…

Dec 8 2012

San Francisco

Sylvia Massy replaces Alan on a Christmas single recording. Priceless pearls of wisdom from La Massy. Read More…

May 10 2017


Our first MCTS in mainland Europe took place at the legendary Maarweg Studio 2. Read More…

May 26 2012


Prog rock and heroics from The Dave Barrett Trio in Canada’s music city. Read More...

Nov 15 2016


Native son Casey McPherson assembled a fine posse of young guns for the Austin 'Live Music Capital' master class. Read More…

May 26 2012


800 people swarm into the Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitán for this Level 1 extravaganza. Read More…

Nov 16-19 2015


Alan Parsons finally got back to London's Abbey Road studios—the location where he trained as a young engineer. Read More…

Jul 22-23 2011

Los Angeles

Masters one and all at The Village session with Vinnie, Nathan, Rami, Michael Thompson and PJ Olsson. Read More…

May 31 2015


Peerless playing on some slinky white soul from Chris Siebold at the Windy City’s Rax Trax Recording studios. Read More…

Jun 19 2011


Action-packed single day in one of Mexico’s most musical and magical cities. Read More…

May 24-25 2015

Mexico City

Three hundred students at MC’s TEC University experience Alan singing and recording cello, though not simultaneously. Read More...

May 5 2011

Buenos Aires

Vaqueros Paganos kick off the very first Master Class Training Session at the city’s stylish Universidad Nacional de Lanús.

FEB 11-12 2013


Three songs recorded and mixed in two days and still sounding great. Only in Nashville. Read More…

Session Photos