ASSR News


Alan Parsons on BBC, Rolling Stone Interview and Pink Floyd

Dateline: October 3rd 2011:

• Alan Parsons has joined in on the recent celebrations for Pink Floyd's anniversary of Dark Side Of The Moon. He will be featured on two BBC programmers this week. First, catch him on Friday at 1 P.M. PST during The Record Producers, followed by another appearance at 2:30 P.M. PST on The Producers Playlist.

Rolling Stone has published an interview about the Pink Floyd reissue project: Alan Parsons on 'Dark Side': 'Roger Knew Something Great Was in the Making'

• The original console used for Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon is featured in the Consoles & Controllers section of ASSR. Catch a rare glimpse of the legendary mixing desk and watch Alan Parsons recount his experiences with the console. Learn more about the ASSR Consoles & Controllers section, available now for streaming and download.

Sellout Master Class, DVD and Live Show in Bogota

Dateline: September 21st 2011:

Everything sold out for Alan Parsons’ flying visit to Bogota, Colombia, Sept 15/16 2011, including all copies of the ASSR DVD set. One final copy, held back for auction (proceeds going to sponsor Hermes Music Fundacion), went for more than half a million Colombian pesos, roughly twice the DVD set’s full list price.

Attendance for the Master Class, held at the Centro Cultural Teatro Municipal, home to the IDARTES arts organization, exceeded 800 and the event kicked off with a surprise number from the complete Alan Parsons Live Project. After watching the DVD set’s introductory Section in Spanish the audience was treated to a fascinating discussion on recording techniques – classic and modern – from Alan and panel of inquisitors that included Hector Buitrago from the #1 Colombian pop outfit Aterciopelados and top local recording engineer Mauricio Ramirez.

Alan was later joined on stage by another local legend, Vamsi, with his unique double-neck nylon string plus 12-string steel guitar with which Alan conducted a series of live experiments on different acoustic guitar miking techniques.

The two-hour event came to an official close with a lively Q&A session before Alan personally auctioned off the remaining copy of the ASSR DVD set in front of a highly enthusiastic crowd.

The following night saw a full (and sellout) concert with the Alan Parsons Live Project supported by the somewhat appropriately named Patricio Stiglich Project.

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The Alan Parsons Master Class Training Session, in conjunction with the Alan Parsons Live Project band fly south in September to Bogota, Colombia for a whistle stop concert and Level 1 MCTS at “IDARTES” INSTITUTO DISTRITAL DE LAS ARTES at the University Of Bogota.

The presentation, to some 500 recording arts students at one of the Colombia's most prestigious universities is expected to generate some challenging questions since Colombia, along with several other South American countries is, putting considerable resources into both music and music technology education, producing an increasingly skilled new generation of musicians, orchestras, engineers, and recording professionals.

Event Info

Attendees got to look, listen, learn and even perform with Alan Parsons at the action-packed Master Class Training Session on July 22-23 at the prestigious Village Studios in Los Angeles.

The two-day event was based around the recording of a brand new song Do You Live At All< from Alan Parsons and writing partners P.J. Olsson and Guy Erez.

The dream team of musicians included Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Nathan East (bass), Rami Jaffee (keys), Michael Thompson (guitar) and singer P.J. Olsson.

Sixteen Attendees participated in every aspect of the recording from setting mics on the drums to EQ-ing the grand piano. Nathan East demonstrated his new four figure instrument cables, Rami and Alan traded Leslie miking stories, Vinnie discussed studio playing dynamics and showed his beautiful vintage Gretsch kit in detail, and Michael Thompson wowed everyone with his giant, blinking recording rack and pedal array.

With the live tracking session in the bag Day 1 concluded with overdubs including grand piano, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, and percussion.

Day 2 began with vocals; Alan Parsons demonstrating a number of recording techniques including the singer monitoring the track on speakers and how to use reversed phase to reduce spill into the mic. With lead and backing vocals completed Alan led all the Attendees into the studio to record a choir track. “You guys sounded really, really good,” he pronounced at the reception in The Village’s theater at the end of the event.

The working section of Day 2 continued with the mix, preceded by a fascinating demo from JCF Audio about their new Audio AD8 converter on sale at Vintage King

A total of 64 tracks had been recorded by the end of the session and Attendees got to take home not only the stereo mix but also a copy of the multitrack ProTools session.

The chance to observe a recording session with Alan Parsons and A-list musicians would have been special enough. The Master Class Training Session in Los Angeles went several steps further, letting Attendees actually “Make A Record” with Alan Parsons – including being recorded by him! Throughout the event, Alan gave a running commentary on each procedure.

Discussions for future Master Class Training Sessions are already in the works including the possibility of a follow-up to this event comprising a scientific study of mixing in-the-box and hands-on-with-hardware, conducted and studied side by side; looking not only at the audio results but also the psychological impact of the two approaches.

For complete information about this event please visit
www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts-la

Event Sponsors

Vintage King Audio is the largest purveyor of high-end new and vintage recording equipment in the world. www.vintageking.com.   

Audio-Technica, producers of award-winning microphones and headphones for over 50 years. www.audio-technica.com

Universal Audio producers of studio processing tools including software emulations of classic designs from the legendary Bill Putnam. www.uaudio.com

Yamaha is the world’s largest producer of musical equipment silent violins, portable music recorders to state-of-the-art digital consoles. www.yamaha.com

Level 3 MASTER CLASS TRAINING SESSION with Alan Parsons announced for Los Angeles, July 22-23, 2011


Make a record with industry legend Alan Parsons.

Dateline: June 28th 2011: Announcing the first U.S. Master Class Training Session in Los Angeles on July 22-23, 2011, at which a select group of attendees will make a record with multi-Platinum engineer, producer and artist Alan Parsons and the crème de la crème of LA’s session musicians at the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles.

Features

Based at Village Studios, where such classic records as Steely Dan’s Aja and Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk were recorded, the Level 3 (Advanced) Master Class Training Session will comprise a live tracking session including piano, guitar and keyboard overdubs, lead and backing vocals and a mix. This intensive two-day workshop expands upon many of the techniques and practices shown in Alan Parsons’ ground-breaking Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series.

Attendees not only observe but will also participate in all aspects of a professional recording session, from setting up a live tracking session to working on a final mix. Stages include miking drums and piano, getting optimum separation, general mic selection, recording keyboard and guitar overdubs, recording lead and backing vocals. Everything from EQ to compression to effects will be covered.

Attendees will be working alongside some of LA’s top session musicians, many of whom worked alongside Alan on the Art & Science Of Sound Recording series, including Michael Jackson/Bon Jovi/Crowded House guitarist Tim Pierce.

At the end of this intensive 2-day workshop attendees will take away a mix of the track they have been working on. They will also have the opportunity to take away the Session file for further inspection after the event.

Schedule

Day 1 commences at 10 AM with a live tracking session including piano, followed by keyboard and guitar overdubs. The opening day concludes with a 1 1/2 hour informal Q & A session with Alan and the session players.

Day 2 starts with recording lead and backing vocals alongside a breakout session on recording keyboards. The mix will comprise the entire afternoon session. Photo opportunities and presentation of certificates will conclude Day 2 at 7.30 PM.

The full timetable along with Registration is here on the ASSR website: www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts-la

Materials & Costs

Included in the cost of the workshop is lunch with Alan on both days and refreshments throughout, a USB thumb drive of the final mix, goodie bag from sponsors including ATH-m40 headphones from Audio-Technica, UAD coupons from Universal Audio worth $299, a signed copy of Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording DVD set and, most importantly, the opportunity to get a copy of the full multi-track session files (attendees must supply media).

Cost for the Los Angeles MCTS is $1950 per person ($1750 with Student ID).

The Los Angeles MCTS is limited to just 25 seats and with pre-registrations already in place early sign-ups are highly recommended for this unique event.

Event Sponsors

Vintage King Audio is the largest purveyor of high-end new and vintage recording equipment in the world. www.vintageking.com.   

Audio-Technica, producers of award-winning microphones and headphones for over 50 years. www.audio-technica.com

Universal Audio, producers of studio processing tools including software emulations of classic designs from the legendary Bill Putnam. www.uaudio.com

Yamaha is the world’s largest producer of musical equipment silent violins, portable music recorders to state-of-the-art digital consoles. www.yamaha.com