MCTS Santa Barbara-Mix It Up

Mixing It Up
Alan mixes two sessions from previous MCTS events: one stereo, one in surround

ParSonics Studios
Date: July 26th, 2019
Country: USA
Venue: ParSonics Studios
Event: MCTS Level 3
Producer: Alan Parsons
Engineer: Noah Bruskin
Event Manager: Terry Shields
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck


The second in our inaugural series of master classes at Alan's state-of-the-art studios in Santa Barbara is very special indeed because we've never offered this before: a dedicated mix session.

Over the past seven years ASSR has conducted master classes at studios all over the world, from Abbey Road, to Maarweg 3 in Cologne, Germany, to Ocean Way in Nashville and The Village in Los Angeles. Typically, although a mix is always completed, the focus of these sessions has largely been on the recording.

Not today. Although the exact mixes have yet to be chosen, owners of Session Files will have the chance to get the full inside story as to how the recordings came about.

Undertaking both a stereo mix and Surround mix will be especially interesting. Surround is a format long used and endorsed by Alan and in 2019 he won the Grammy for best immersive album for the Surround 35th Anniversary edition of his hit album Eye In The Sky

Attendees will get the opportunity to observe Alan's legendary approach to mixing up close and personal at the new ParSonics studio (see below).

This is the second of three events being held this month at ParSonics. If you'd like to attend one of the other classes as well, or indeed all three, we are pleased to offer multi-day discounts (see below).

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/Mixer

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's legendary 'Quad' mix of Dark Side Of The Moon was finally included on the Immersion Edition 6 CD Boxed Set.)

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 released his fifth solo album The Secret, much of which was recorded and all of which was mixed at ParSonics Studio.

There is a wide range of hotels in Goleta, the Santa Barbara satellite city closest to ParSonics. We can personally recommend (i.e. have stayed there):
Ritz-Carlton Bacara 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2474 • (844) 631-0595 Upscale resort with fine dining.
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta 6878 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 • (805) 562-5996. Very pleasant facility a short drive from the studio.
Pacifica Suites 5490 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara (805) 683-6722 Professional mid price option.
Motel 6 5897 Calle Real, Goleta, CA (805) 964-3596 Only a 2-star but clean and perfectly acceptable.

The Sessions



Friday July 26th 2019

  • 09.30–10.00 Welcome, Registration. Coffee and pastries.
  • 10.00–10.45 Alan plays the rough mix of the session(s) and talks about the principal differences in approach between a stereo and Surround mix.
  • 10.45–1.00 Mix #1 clean up, automation, processing, creative mixing
  • 1.00–2.00 Lunch with Alan and the musicians.
  • 2.00–4.15 Mix #2 clean up, automation, processing, mixing in Surround
  • 4.15–4.30 Tea Break.
  • 4.30–6.30 Mixing tips, Q&A.

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