Mixing A Live Recording
A Mixing Master Class Online

ParSonics Studios
Date: July 25th, 2020
Country: USA
Venue: ParSonics Studios
Event: MCTS Level 4
Producer: Alan Parsons
Engineer: Noah Bruskin
Event Manager: Terry Shields
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck


At the present time, live gigs are either consigned to memory or restricted to drive-in events. For our first fully online master class - courtesy of you-know-what-and-why - we decided to take a fond look back at recorded live shows and reveal some of special tools, techniques and the odd trick you'll need when it comes to mixing a live recording. This single but full day master class is replacing our planned three days of in-person training, which have now officially been postponed until it is safe and sensible to hold them.

Alan Parsons is a high-end audio guy, who's built a multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning career out of making everything 'sound better,' be it a twangy guitar part or a final Surround mix. Our first concern has been to make sure you have the best options when it comes to seeing and hearing what Alan is doing in the studio from the comfort of your living room. Accordingly, we're offering you the choice of attending this virtual event at one of two price and audio delivery levels: Standard and Premium (full details below).

Regardless of how you'd like to attend, you'll get to see and hear how Alan approaches mixing a live concert recording; from performance selection, to how to repair, replace, or reinforce vocal and instrumental parts, to processing, to final balance and levels.

symphony and choir

And the icing on this extremely tasty cake is that Alan will be mixing a live performance of his Alan Parsons Live Project band in concert with a full symphony orchestra!

Premium Platform

Source Connect

Attendees will be given a custom landing page at industry leading remote recording and monitoring specialists Source Connect, where you'll be able to view a mirror-image of Alan's ProTools screen and hear audio (effectively) in real time at 320 kbps stereo AAC-HE. Additional audio and video will be broadcast of Alan Parsons working at the studio's Neve 5088 console. There will be an opportunity for 'questions' to be asked digitally during the sessions, with answers either given at the time or held over to a final Q&A session at the end of the day.

Standard Platform

Attendees will join on Zoom, specifying 'Original Audio.' A minimum of three 'views' will be presented: ProTools screen, side view of Alan Parsons working at the Neve 5088 console and a mobile camera for close-ups and interviews. Questions can be asked digitally during the sessions, with answers either given at the time or held over to a final Q&A session at the end of the day.

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.

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 amongst others 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 (bring your own).
  • 10.00–10.10 A virtual tour of ParSonics studio. No corner unvisited.
  • 10.10–10.20 Interview with Alan Parsons, who will outline the project
  • 10.20–10.30 Interview with ProTools engineer Noah Bruskin, who will talk about how the session is set-up.
  • 10.30–12.30 Mixing session in progress
  • 12.30-1.30 As the workers break for lunch an APLP live concert video will be broadcast.
  • 1.30-3.30 Mixing session in progress
  • 3.30-4.00 Unreleased footage from Alan's 2018 Orchestral Master Class will be broadcast
  • 4.00-6.00 Mixing Session in progress

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