MCTS Santa Barbara-Mix It Up 3

Mixing It Up
A Master Class in Mixing

ParSonics Studios
Date: July 25th, 2020
Country: USA
Venue: ParSonics Studios
Event: MCTS Level 3
Producer: Alan Parsons
Engineer: Noah Bruskin
Event Manager: Terry Shields
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck


Mixing is where the rubber meets the road. The time when decisions have to be made. In a career behind the desk that spans almost fifty years, Alan Parsons is a great decision-maker. He just has the knack of knowing where a part needs to be placed or how a sound or level is going to translate into the real world outside of a recording studio.

At this intimate mixing masterclass (under twenty seats are available) you will truly see a master at work. How do you set up a Surround mix? What goes where? Do you need to re-EQ? Is there a formula? From a man who won a GRAMMY only last year for his 'immersive' mixing you'll get up-to-the-minute information and insight into this crucial part of the recording process.

In a full day at his own private recording facility, Alan will be mixing several different tracks from his own catalog and beyond. This is a priceless opportunity to see and be part of the magic as it happens.

This class comes the day after our second annual master class for educators working in music production and related media. Educators are more than welcome at this session and the following recording session.

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 recounts 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. Katie and Alan

More pictures and videos from previous mixing sessions on our Instagram at AlanParsons.ASSR.

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.


July 25th, 2020

  • 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 Alan will first discuss his approach to creating a Surround mix from the set up of a stereo mix project followed by automation, processing, mixing in Surround
  • 4.15–4.30 Tea Break.
  • 4.30–6.30 Mixing tips, Q&A.

Purchase your tickets for this event ($895)

Purchase your tickets for Days 1 & 2 ($1595)

Purchase your tickets for Days 2 & 3 ($1745)

Purchase your tickets for All 3 Days ($2495)

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