MCTS Santa Barbara-Mix It Up 2


Mixing It Up
Alan Parsons re-examines past glories for a mixing masterclass in stereo and surround

ParSonics Studios
Date: October 17th, 2019
Country: USA
Venue: ParSonics Studios
Event: MCTS Level 3
Producer: Alan Parsons
Engineer: Noah Bruskin
Event Manager: Terry Shields
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck

Overview

Alan has agreed to mix - or more accurately remix - a classic Alan Parsons track from his repertoire in the second of a series of master classes being held at his new ParSonics studio in Santa Barbara.

The first mix session held here in July was an unqualified success: sold out and with a waiting list. Alan captivated the capacity crowd with a mix of a track he'd recorded with prog rockers Fish On Friday at Abbey Road in 2016.

The exact track Alan will be mixing on this session has not yet been revealed but the opportunity of deep-diving into the multitrack of a classic Alan Parsons tune is one not to be missed.

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Mixing With Alan Parsons

Mixing was a something of a team sport back in the day, when band members would end up with their paws on the faders too - shockingly, the ones relating to their own instrument! No prizes for guessing in which direction they'd progressively creep as the session wore on. As Alan recounted with a sigh in the Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series: “Chaos.”

Although Alan does use an analog Neve 5088 over which several pairs of hands could certainly hover, this will be a fully integrated modern mix in ProTools using plug-ins and automation. That said, Alan always encourages attendees who are willing and interested to balance the track at various stages along the way. There's nothing quite like sitting at the controls of a Neve board mixing an Alan Parsons record with Alan offering words of encouragement and wisdom over your shoulder. Alan Leaving

Attendees at the July mixing master class were surprised to see that Alan decided to work on the Surround mix first, and then to re-construct the mix for stereo. Alan has long championed multi-point mixing and indeed won a Grammy in 2019 for Best Immersive Album for his 35th Anniversary edition of Eye In The Sky.

Alan’s overriding trademark is attention to detail and even though he probably won't need to, the final mix will no doubt be printed to the ProTools session so that last minute adjustments to a section could be dropped-in on if necessary.

At the session Alan will reveal many such tricks and tips plus there will be basket of exciting plug-ins to be tried and tested. If your only experience of mixing has been in the box this will be a priceless opportunity to compare and contrast mixing approaches, as well as learn first hand from someone who's mixed countless Platinum selling records in his long and illustrious career.

All meals and refreshments will be provided throughout an action-packed day plus there will be time for general Q&A and photographs at the end of the session.

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.

Recommended Hotels:

  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2474 • (844) 631-0595 Upscale resort with fine dining. Very expensive!
  • 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.

Schedule

Thursday October 17th 2019

  • 09.30–10.00 Welcome, Registration. Coffee and pastries.
  • 10.00–10.45 Alan plays the original mix of the track and talks about how it was recorded, the studio, players etc.
  • 10.45–1.00 Surround Mix.
  • 1.00–2.00 Lunch with Alan and the musicians.
  • 2.00–4.15 Stereo Mix
  • 4.15–4.30 Tea Break.
  • 4.30–6.30 Mixing tips, Q&A.

Purchase your tickets for October 17th Mix Day ($899)

Purchase your tickets for both October 17 & 18 ($1799)

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