MCTS Santa Barbara-Music Tech For Music Educators 2

Music Production Rules!
A day of Professional Development for Recording Arts / Media educators

Alan Parsons Date: July 24th, 2020
Country: USA
Venue: ParSonics Studios
Event: MCTS Level 1
Leaders: Alan Parsons / Julian Colbeck
Engineer: Noah Bruskin
Event Manager: Terry Shields
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck


A class for educators working in the field of music production. The class will be held at Alan Parson's state-of-the-art studio in Santa Barbara.

This full day of Professional Development combines invaluable insights into teaching music production, with approaches, lesson plans, projects and more, plus a hands-on recording module.

Two additional master classes will be held at ParSonics on 25th and 26th of July, one a mix session, the other a full recording session and teachers are encouraged to attend this full compliment of classes if their schedule the budget permits.

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, although we have not officially postponed this event nor are we 100% sure it can take place on this date. If you're interested in attending please contact us so we can add you to the list and keep you posted. Unless you have a burning desire to spend money at this stage, although ticketing remains open our advice is to watch and wait and get on our mailing list.

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The Sessions

MIDI 2.0: What, why and when hosted by Yamaha's Athan Billias, Motif guru and all round 'Mr MIDI'.

The Joy of the Unexpected Outcome with USC Founding Director, Popular Music Program USC Thornton School of Music, Chris Sampson.

Grammy winning educator Beth Hollenbeck

The Importance of New Technology with orchestral recording engineer and 1-bit and ambisonics specialist Jim Stern.

Remaining 4 sessions TBA

The Venue

ParSonics studio is situated on Alan Parsons' at his Tres Vientos Ranch in the hills above Santa Barbara. This state-of-the-art facility has a 32-channel Neve 5088 analog console, 5.1 monitoring through B&W 802 Diamond Loudspesakers and a selection of microphones collected by Alan over his 40+ year long career such as his Neumann U47 FET (Field-Effect Transistor) and British Coles 4038 ribbon mics as well as interesting newer items like the Neve RNR1 ribbon mic, personally given to Alan by Rupert Neve. Talk about bragging rights!

The control room looks through to a generous sized tracking room with adjoining iso booths.

The facility has its own luxurious green room and catering area; a spacious patio area overlooks the Pacific Ocean and can accommodate both dining and outside seminars.

ParSonics was completed in 2018 and was used in the recording of Alan Parsons' most recent album The Secret, released on the Frontiers label May 2019.

The Artist

Alan Parsons was trained at Abbey Road Studios in London, working under the direction of Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and Beatles producer George Martin. After working with The Beatles on Let It Be and Abbey Road Alan started working as a full-fledged engineer with Paul McCartney, Wings, George Harrison, and countless other artists who came to Abbey Road studios.

In 1972 Alan became the sole engineer working with Pink Floyd on Dark Side Of The Moon, a record which would go on to sell more than 45m copies.

Alan went on to become one of the most successful producers of the 1970s and 1980s, producing a string of hits with artists such as Pilot, Al Stewart, Ambrosia, Cockney Rebel, John Miles and of course The Alan Parsons Project, a concept created by himself and Eric Woolfson.

Post 'Project' Alan Parsons has continued to work as an independent producer with such artists as Jake Shimabukuro, Steven Wilson and Yes. Alan runs a highly successful touring band (The Alan Parsons Live Project).

In 2019 Alan won a Grammy for best immersive album for the re-mastered 35th Anniversary Edition of his hit album Eye In The Sky and also released his fifth solo album The Secret, much of which was recorded at ParSonics Studio.

Alan will be recording emerging country/pop artist Olivia Ooms for the 'recording acoustic guitar with vocal' session. Although Olivia is still at high school she is already an accomplished and experienced performer with a growing fanbase. This summer Olivia has been in Nashville as part of CMT’s Artist Discovery Program.


July 24th, 2020

  • 09.30–10.00 Welcome, Registration. Coffee and pastries.
  • 10.00–10.30 Session 1
  • 10.30–11.00 Session 2
  • 11.00–11.45 Session 3
  • 12.00–1.00 Session 4
  • 1.00-2.00 Lunch on the patio with Alan Parsons and other presenters.
  • 2.00–3.00 Session 5 / 6
  • 3.00–3.45 Session 7
  • 4.00–6.30 Session 8
  • 6.45–7.45Q&A with light refreshments served
  • Purchase your ticket for this event ($795)

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