MCTS Santa Barbara-A Regular Recording Session 2

Band Recording
Alan Parsons goes alternative on a day in the studio with Glen Phillips and other members of Toad the Wet Sprocket

ParSonics Studios
Date: October 18th, 2019
Country: USA
Venue: ParSonics Studios
Event: MCTS Level 3
Producer: Alan Parsons
Engineer: Noah Bruskin
Artist: Glen Phillips and members of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Event Manager: Terry Shields
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck


Alan records Glen Phillips with other members of iconic alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket at his state-of-the-art studio ParSonics in Santa Barbara on a full day of band recording featuring a live tracking session, vocals, instrumental overdubs and a rough mix.

What's In A Masterclass?

Nowadays everyone's a self-proclaimed expert, YouTube star or Instagram influencer. Every 90 minute whizz through a piece of software by an expert with the gift of the gab seems to be called a masterclass. But that's not a masterclass, that's a training seminar and very useful they are too.

A masterclass is where you get insight as well as instruction, and from an acknowledged master of their art or craft; someone who's consistently reached the top of their profession. Engineering such a landmark album as Dark Side Of The Moon is probably enough of a qualification by itself. But with Alan you can also throw in dozens of hit records as an assistant engineer, engineer, producer and artist from The Beatles, to Al Stewart, Pilot, Ambrosia and of course The Alan Parsons Project.

At this masterclass you'll first get to see how Alan interacts with the artists and see just how important that is. From listening to a demo to assessing the arrangement, routining, making a decision about when the band has reached its peak performance during tracking, to making a decision about how a guitar solo should end or whether this or that style of lead vocal needs double tracking.

Good chemistry between the musicians and the producer is vital in creating a successful 'band' recording session. And it's not just about the basic personalities, it's also the approach you take.

This masterclass will be especially useful for project studio owners, engineers looking to develop into producers, and also musicians who are in a position to record themselves.

ParSonics Studios Montage

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.

Glen Phillips

The Artist

Toad the Wet Sprocket - the name taken from a Monty Python faux band name thought to be so preposterously silly that no one could possibly use it - burst onto the scene in the 1990s with slew of hit singles including "Walk on the Ocean", "All I Want", "Something's Always Wrong", "Fall Down", and "Good Intentions".

The complete line up will be announced soon but for now lead singer and guitarist Glen Phillips, bassist Dean Dinning and touring drummer Josh Daubin are confirmed, ensuring attendees will be treated to Toad's trademark jangly guitars, tight and energetic rhythm section and upbeat vocals at this sure-to-be-a-blast recording session.

The Producer

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.


Friday October 18th 2019

  • 09.30–10.00 Welcome, Registration. Coffee and pastries.
  • 10.00–10.45 Alan introduces the artist and band, plays the demo and sets goals for the day.
  • 10.45–1.00 Tracking session rhythm section, keys and guitar.
  • 1.00–2.00 Lunch with Alan and the musicians.
  • 2.00–4.15 Instrumental overdubs.
  • 4.15–4.30 Tea Break.
  • 4.30–6.30 Vocals and a rough mix

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