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At time of writing, all our fingers and toes are crossed here in Santa Cruz as local boy-making-good James Durbin slugs it out in the final stages of Fox’s 2011 season of American Idol.

James is featured in Alan Parsons Art & Science Of Sound Recording ‘Vocals’ section in a scene filmed in 2008 at the Bay Area’s Ex'pression College.

To add some karma to the fire we’re giving away a 100% free stream of the more than 40-minute Vocals section – just through this weekend.

The Vocals section is one of ASSR’s most compelling Sections so if you’ve held off checking out ASSR until now don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to not only see one of America’s hottest young singers in action, but also to see how industry legend handles recording vocals, from mic choices to processing to psychology!

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Play this YouTube video of our bonus footage from Ex'pression College.

Dateline: May 10th 2011

The first in a series of live studio training events with Alan Parsons was held at the Universidad Nacional de Lanús (UNLA) in Buenos Aires on Thursday May 5th.

A concept initially explored by one of Argentina’s leading online music retailers Olimusic, the Master Class Training Session was timed to coincide with Alan Parsons Live Project tour dates in Argentina and Chile in early May and is sponsored by Argentinean distributors Sound Pro Latin America.

Over the course of the day Alan recorded a session with Argentinean band Vaqueros Paganos starting with live tracking, followed by overdubs including vocals and concluding with the basics of a mix.

Thirty seats were available for a ringside seat with Alan in the pair of Yamaha 02r-equipped control room, with an additional 100 seats in an adjoining theater receiving a multi-camera video feed supplied by the university’s own video production department.

Key stages of the event were also webcast live on Facebook.

Attendees in the main control room were hands-on participants; not only helping Alan set and plug in mics but also, individually, being able to access and look at the ProTools session. Alan was also answering questions throughout the day – not only why are you EQ-ing the overheads differently but also the inevitable “What was it like to work with Pink Floyd?”

One of the biggest surprises was how much separation Alan was able to get between the instruments–comprising a full drum kit, bass, and two separate guitarists–simply by positioning amps and use of appropriate mics and polar patterns. Remarkably, given the fact that gobos were only used to minimize some ambience during the recording of the lead vocals, there was almost no spill between any of the instruments.

Equally remarkably, in an almost 12-hour working day, Alan’s sense of humor and attention to detail never seemed to waiver.

Reaction to the event was extremely positive, not only live and in person but also on the Twittersphere. @Federiqo tweeted, "Awesome Master class, thank you, thank you very much. And ty 4 the picture to hahaha." @clockworkbanda tweeted, "Great Class Alan, its a shame we couldn't learn all the stuff you prepared, but I'm honoured from being there! Cheers!" University director Susana Espinoza was equally thrilled with the event, saying that the day was a complete validation of her personal efforts in getting the UNLA’s impressive recording facilities built in the first place.

The Universidad Nacional de Lanús is a public university (completely free to students) with more than 500 students enrolled in their 4-year audio and video production degree courses.

Master Class Training Session dates in the U.S. are due to be announced later this month, starting in July.

Dateline: May 5th 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The first in a series of live-in-the-studio training events with Alan Parsons is being held at the Universidad Nacional de Lanús (UNLA) in Buenos Aires on Thursday May 5th.

A concept initially explored by one of Argentina’s leading online music retailers Olimusic, the Master Class Training Session was timed to coincide with Alan Parsons Live Project tour dates in Argentina and Chile in early May and is sponsored by Argentinean distributors Sound Pro Latin America.

Over the course of a 9-hour day in the studio, Alan will conduct a recording session with Argentinean band Vaqueros Paganos starting with live tracking, followed by overdubs including vocals and even a basic mix.

Tickets for the main studio are now sold out. Some seats are still available in the adjoining theater which will receive a live video feed. Key stages of the event will also be webcast, details of which will be posted in the ASSR forums.

Master Class Training Session dates in the U.S., due to be announced later this month, will be starting in July.

Inicio de los "Master Class Training Sessions" (Sesions de Capacitación de Clases Maestras)

Fecha límite: 5 de mayo de 2011, Buenos Aires Argentina.
El primero evento de la serie de capacitación vivo-en-el-estudio con el ingeniero/productor/compositor Alan Parsons se llevará a cabo en la Universidad Nacional de Lanús (UNLA) en Buenos Aires, el jueves 5 de mayo.

Un concepto explorado inicialmente por Olimusic, uno de los principales vendedores de música en Argentina; la sesión de capacitación de Clases Maestras fue programada para que coincidiera con las fechas de presentación en vivo de Alan Parsons Live Project, en Argentina y Chile a principios de mayo y está patrocinado por los distribuidores argentinos Sound Pro Latin America.
Durante un período de 9 al día en el estudio, Alan dirigirá una sesión de grabación con el grupo argentino Vaqueros Paganos dando inciio con la grabacíon de música en vivo, seguido por grabaciones parciales para sustituir, inclyendo voces y hasta mezclas básicas!

Desdichadamente los boletos para el Estudio de Grabación y el Aula Magna, el cual tendrá una proyección en vivo de la sesión de grabación, están agotados. Etapas importantes de este evento también incluirán un 'webcast,' en el cuál se publicarán los detalles en los Foros de A.S.S.R.

Las fechas de "Master Class Training Sessions" en los EE.UU., serán anunciadas muy pronto y las clases darán inicio en julio.

Dateline April 1st, 2011: No, it’s not an April Fool. Within the first few seconds on the first Ask Alan! Webcast on March 31st hundreds of fingers were on refresh and we officially crashed!

After a few minutes to reboot and apply cold compresses the Webcast got underway and for the next two hours Alan Parsons fielded questions direct on the site, from Twitter and from Facebook. One of two questions even came in on Twitter from Japan in Kanji but we didn’t quite have the ability to relay those!

This was an experimental event and processes developed and changed in real time; Alan eventually abandoning his text-based approach for purely verbal replies. Questions – both asked and answered and asked but not yet answered – will soon appear on the ASSR forums so that there is an archive.

The prize for best question was awarded to B. Harrison for his question on how lava lamps came to be associated with recording studios. Alan not only loved this question (and was still pondering a definitive answer the following day) he also awarded an unscheduled second prize to alakalazlo for his question on monitoring. Prizes were copies of the full DVD set.

Further Ask Alan Webcasts are in the works. Though not confirmed, the next one may coincide with Alan’s concert tour in South America in May.

The ASSR team would like to thank all 250+ who took part in this inaugural webcast!