MCTS Nashville

Alan Parsons Goes Nashville for a 2-day Master Class Training Session
“The Art of the Song”
2-day Master Class Training Session

February 11th & 12th, 2013, 9:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. session with
Alan Parsons at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville.

MCTS Nashville

Date: 11-12 Feb 2013
Country: United States
Venue: Ocean Way Studios, Nashville
Event: MCTS Level 3
Producer: Alan Parsons
Musicians: Troy Lancaster (guitar), Shannon Forrest (drums), Doug Kahan (bass) Charlie Judge (keys)
Track: Multiple
Event Coordinator: Charlie Steves
Engineers: Alan Parsons, Coley Read
Production Assistant: Abi Mae Colbeck
Video: Theodore Miesner
Event Producer: Julian Colbeck, for KEYFAX NewMedia Inc.

Media Partner: Nashville Muse


Alan Parsons and the ASSR team was at Nashville’s Ocean Way studios on February 11th and 12th, 2013 for a Master Class Training Session - "The Art of the Song."

Attendees at this prestigious event observed and assisted Alan Parsons in the making of not just one but three brand new records. Over the course of two days Attendees were involved in every stage of the process from arrangement and song structure to tracking, instrumental overdubs with a team of A-list Nashville session musicians, vocals, and a mixing session.

With a career that involves working as an assistant engineer with the Beatles on Abbey Road and Let It Be, engineering Dark Side of the Moon, and creating multiple platinum-selling albums with the Alan Parsons Project, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Parsons also produced a string of hit songs with such artists as The Hollies, Al Stewart, Pilot (Oh Ho Ho It’s Magic) amongst many others.

At his core, Alan is all about ‘The Song’ and Alan initially looked at composition and arrangement before moving onto the fine details of the tracking sessions.

Alan is no Nashville newcomer. In 2012 he produced Grand Ukulele by ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro that reached #2 in the Billboard World Album chart, recording the strings at Nashville’s Ben’s Studio and completing the mixes at Blackbird.

Master Class Training Sessions (MCTS) are special and unique occasions for audio professionals, aficionados and students alike, giving them the opportunity to participate in a very practical way with one of the best in the industry. Attendees are always encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions throughout the workshop.

Alan Parsons

In 2010, Alan felt the need to share his extensive knowledge and expertise with the rest of the music industry. With the help of fellow Brit Julian Colbeck, Alan wrote and produced a comprehensive instructional video series about recording called Art & Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR). It features contributions from a myriad of celebrity artists, engineers and producers and is narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. It is available as a 3-DVD set and as downloads. All Our Yesterdays, a song written especially for the series, features some of LA's finest musicians and a rare performance by Alan on lead vocals. Alan has been supporting ASSR with a series of lectures and Master Class Training Sessions (MCTS) all over the world. It has been a great opportunity for the attendees to witness Alan at work in the studio and to participate actively in the making of a possible future hit.

About The Venue

Ocean Way Nashville is located in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row. Among the world’s finest recording facilities, its client roster reads like a Who’s Who of the music world including George Strait, Harry Connick Jr., Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and Paul Simon.

The Artist

The producers formed a joint initiative with Nashville's acclaimed Bluebird Cafe to find the singer and the the song for this event. The final shortlist of writers were invited to perform directly for Alan Parsons at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday Feb 10th. See the event report for full details.

The Musicians

The musicians are led by guitarist Troy Lancaster, who has done thousands of recording sessions playing on projects for artists like Taylor Swift, Harry Nilsson, Tim McGraw, Steven Tyler, Blake Shelton, Jessica Simpson and Englebert Humperdink. Troy is also a songwriter with commercial releases and is currently working on his own eclectic instrumental album. Drummer Shannon Forrest has recorded, performed or console engineered rock artists like Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagan, Michael McDonald, Robben Ford and literally countless country artists. Keyboardist Charlie Judge writes string arrangements and conducts. His list of country artists are endless. Charlie creates some of the most unconventional keyboard sounds yet they immediately become part of the song. Bassist / writer / producer Doug Kahan is also an accomplished guitarist and keyboardist. He was signed by Capitol as a rock artist back in the 80's. He has played, written and recorded with countless writers & artists.

Event Details

This is a Level 3 (Advanced) event and so will require a working knowledge of DAW recording, studio etiquette and a good level of experience as a musician, engineer, or producer.

Platinum seats: $1,750 (Limited to 20)

Platinum Attendees will be in the control room with Alan during the entire recording process, will receive a copy of the 3 DVD set of ASSR, ProTools stems and will also receive a signed Certificate of Completion personally presented by Alan Parsons at the end of the workshop. AES Members qualify for a 10% discount on Platinum seats only.

A new feature for 2013 is the ‘post-event’ opportunity for (Platinum Attendees only) to mix their own version of the recording using the supplied ProTools stems. Alan Parsons will critique and provide notes on your mix. Sign ups for this feature will be made at the event itself for an additional fee of $250.

Gold Video Village seats: $345 per day or $495 for both days (Limited to 30 per day).

Gold Attendees will be in a ‘video village’ set up in a separate room at the studio with a closed circuit live feed from the studio and tracking room. You will also have access to the live tracking room during set-ups and will have access to Alan during breaks and lunch for questions and receive a stereo mix of the recording.

Please contact the producers Keyfax NewMedia for further information.

Platinum Attendees will each receive a signed Certificate of Completion personally presented by Alan Parsons at the end of the workshop.

Media Partner

Nashville Muse


The MCTS Sessions will be held at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville
• 1200 17th Avenue South • Nashville, TN 37212 • Tel (615) 320-3900 • Fax (615) 320-3910 •


    Day 1 (Feb 11, 2013)
  • 09.30–10.00 Welcome, Registration. Coffee and pastries will be served.
  • 10.00–10.45"Art of the Song" A brief introductory talk & audio lecture where Alan Parsons will talk about composition and arrangement in the context of some of his best known hit singles.
  • 10.45-11.45 Playback of The Song, accompanied by the writer. Discussion on arrangement and structure.
  • 11.45–1.00 Tracking session with drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and guide vocals.
  • 1.00–2.00 Lunch with Alan and performers at the studio.
  • 2.00–4.15 Continue tracking session / instrumental overdubs.
  • 4.15–4.30 Tea!
  • 4.30–6.30 Instrumental overdubs / vocals.
  • 6.30–7.30 Q&A with Alan Parsons (drinks and light refreshments will be served).
  • Day 2 (Feb 12, 2013)
  • 09.30–10.00 Arrival and Re-registration. Coffee and pastries will be served.
  • 10.00–11.30 Final vocal overdubs (as necessary).
  • 11.30-11.45 Break.
  • 11.45–1.00 Setting up the mix.
  • 1.00–2.00 Lunch with Alan and performers at the studio.
  • 2.00–4.00 Mixing session (with special focus on reverbs and delays)
  • 4.00-4.15 Tea!
  • 4.15–5.30 Mixing session (final balance, levels, digital formats).
  • 5.30–6.30 Playback of the final mix with Q&A.
  • 6.30–7.30 Reception with drinks and light refreshments - photos/autographs/distribution of certificates.


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“It was a fantastic day, and if anyone has any doubts about whether this Master Class is worth it, DO NOT HESITATE, it is an informative, fun day in the studio! You will not regret spending a day in the studio with Alan Parsons...I can't believe I did that! [I’m] looking forward to more Master Classes … ! - Todd Miler (Canadian Radio personality)

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