ASSR News


New pricing comes into effect Aug 16th as pre-order sales close and regular sales of the packaged DVD prepare to open.

From Aug 16th prices will be as follows:

Streaming view: $1.99
Download: $4.99
Full Download (no DVD): $99.00
DVD With Downloads: $149.00

From Aug 16th the 'Batch' sales will also close since these had been created simply based upon the order in which Sections were being posted online.

The producers are pleased to introduce ASSR Education License.

ASSR Education License provides multi-student access to the material contained in The Art & Science Of Sound Recording, complete with tutor-access to a student's performance in Section Quizzes. The Quizzes have been widely recognized as powerful reinforcers of the knowledge contained in each Section.

The producers assess the program material as being suitable for all ages and skills levels at High School (aged 15+) and beyond. With the increased availability of media arts and technology courses at 2-year and 4-year colleges, plus the continued success of independent training centers and career schools, it has become increasingly important for standards to be available in digital audio recording practices.

From his early training at Abbey Road studios to a lifetime of groundbreaking audio achievements in the commercial world, Alan Parsons' commitment to audio excellence gives him the perfect credentials for establishing the benchmark for good working practices as are offered in the program.

Those who have registered at www.artandscienceofsound under 'Education' will be contacted directly by the series Education Director Michael Logue.

Those interested in receiving details of the full ASSR Education License should contact Michael Logue at mjlogue@artandscienceofsound.com or, through KEYFAX NewMedia on 1-800-752-2780.

Almost two years in the making, the complete set of videos for The Art & Science Of Sound Recording has gone live online, July 2010.

The series, which comprises twenty-four Sections, is currently offering a free stream of the Introduction – A Brief History Of Recording – to all those registering on the website.

The final Sections include Vocals, featuring a recent interview that Alan conducted with Erykah Badu, and A Band Tracking Session where viewers can see how the new Alan Parsons single release, All Our Yesterdays, took shape.

"This project may not have been quite at the level of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, where the composer had been working on it for so long he inadvertently married people off to their aunts and cousins," said producer Julian Colbeck, "but it has been a massive process. Keeping more than 10 hours of finished material 'in the present' has been a real challenge."

Dateline: April 6th 2010. Santa Cruz: The third batch of Sections, totaling almost 21/2 hours of brand new material from the ASSR series, will be released online week ending April 9th 2010.

The new sections, all featuring narration by the inimitable Billy Bob Thorton, individually examine the topics of Compressors & Limiters, Consoles and Controllers, Reverb, Recording Acoustic Guitar With Vocal, Mixing, and an Introduction to recording from Edison to the iPod. Details of each include:

Compressors & Limiters (31 mins)

A complex subject, and one frequently misunderstood and much argued about. Alan defines terms, explains parameters, provides instrument-by-instrument examples, and then explains the consequences. Universal Audio’s Bill Putnam Jr. is interviewed, plus there are wonderful insights into use and misuse from Steve Marcantonio, Niko Bolas, John Fields, and Allen Sides.

Consoles and Controllers (38 mins)

During one filming session in Los Angeles Alan is alerted to the whereabouts of the mixing board that he’d used when working with McCartney, Pink Floyd, and others at Abbey Road. After this emotional opening (he’d not set eyes on the board for more than thirty years) Alan examines conventional modern consoles, looking at each item on a typical channel strip in detail. Finally Alan assesses how they – and their cousin, the controller – relate to and can enhance the experience of using a DAW.

Reverb (22 mins)

This section traces the history and progress in artificial reverb technology, then takes a parameter-by-parameter look at digital reverb settings, hardware and software reverb products, and application of reverb to individual instruments and entire mixes. Interview clips from Elliot Scheiner, John Shanks, and others complete this highly revealing section.

Recording Acoustic Guitar With Vocal (6 mins)

A common recording conundrum is examined: How do you record both an acoustic guitar and a vocal simultaneously without one bleeding into the other? Alan Parsons discovers a new artist Matt Lucca – who would, subsequent to this session, go on to record an entire CD with Foo Fighters’ Rami Jaffee, and Paul McCartney’s Abe Laborial Jr., and Rusty Anderson – and explores the what to dos and what not to dos of this classic recording situation.

Mixing (49 mins) (Pt.1 & Pt.2)

The mix is where the rubber hits the road for any recording. Conducted primarily at LA’s Record One studios, where Michael Jackson’s last three albums were recorded and mixed, Alan takes us through every stage of a mix from preparation to delivery media in this fascinating and extensive section. Good working practices (consolidation, track sheets, notes and more) are proposed, along with the chance to see so many of the program’s previous technical sections – EQ, reverb, digital audio and computers – come to life. A variety of mixing settings, from working with an analog console to wholly “in the box” are shown and discussed in this substantial section – which is now being offered in two parts online.

This is the penultimate batch of Sections from The Art & Science Of Sound Recording, a landmark series presented and produced by Alan Parsons. This batch of videos offers yet another fascinating insight into the world of recording from a man who honed his skills at Abbey Road – the crucible of modern recording technology - as it developed in the 1960s.

Supported by extensive musical examples, custom diagrams, and interview clips, The Art & Science of Sound Recording takes a classic approach to recording and listening - followed by informed experimentation – and shows how this approach can live in the modern DAW-based environment. These are scenes that you can watch over and over again, and still enjoy nuances.

Those who have already pre-ordered or wish to pre-order the physical DVD at 30% off the regular price can simply go to their My Purchases and find the new sections as soon as this release is live.

The Alan Parsons’ ASSR Team.

Dateline: January 30th 2010. Santa Cruz: The second batch sections from the ASSR series is due to be released online the week of Feb 12 2010.

The new sections, all featuring narration by the inimitable Billy Bob Thorton, individually examine the topics of Studio Acoustics, Consoles and Controllers, Digital Audio and Computers, Monitoring, Microphones, recording Keyboards, and recording Bass. Details of each include:

Studio Acoustics

Although recording frequently – possibly mostly – now takes place out of a conventional recording studio, there is wisdom and value in whatever ‘space’ you use to generate or mix your music being suitable for the purpose. In this section Alan looks at the various properties of sound being played in small rooms and examines everything from soundproofing techniques to room modes as a ‘studio’ is seen being constructed.

 

Consoles and Controllers

During one filming session in Los Angeles Alan is alerted to the whereabouts of the mixing board that he’d used when working with McCartney, Pink Floyd, and others at Abbey Road. After this emotional opening (he’d not set eyes on the board for more than thirty years) Alan examines conventional modern consoles, looking at each item on a typical channel strip in detail. Finally Alan assesses how they – and their cousin, the controller – relate to and can enhance the experience of using a DAW.

Digital Audio and Computers

To all intents and purposes recording has become a computer-based activity. What can be learned from the veterans of the analog recording art and what knowledge can be carried over to the digital world? Alan takes us on an extensive tour of the equipment currently available – hardware, interfaces, applications, and software, and injects some old-world sanity into this brave new platform.

 

Monitoring

Monitoring is listening, and, especially in the age of the iPod, how you hear your music as it’s being recorded and mixed will impact on how the listener hears or feels about it. Alan investigates the components and roles of monitoring devices and looks at all the options, from a multi-thousand dollar system in Los Angeles’ Record One control room to ear buds. Alan also unearths the speakers he used to make The Dark Side Of The Moon and ponders their role in that classic production.

Microphones

Microphones are effectively the inverse of loudspeakers, a fact ably demonstrated at the beginning of this scene using the ‘two tin cans connected by a piece of string’ experiment that’s been beloved by kids for decades. The section goes onto look at the science behind microphones, from their various designs and applications to the art of using and placing microphones. Along the way Alan talks to many producers and engineers, including self-confessed mic junkie John McBride, at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.

Keyboards

Keyboards have the widest range of sound and sensibility of any instrument ‘type.’ From a synth string pad on a plug-in to a sampled drum loop, from playing piano to programming… all can be required of the keyboard player. Alan discusses approaches to recording keyboards with Foo Fighters’ Rami Jaffee, and then looks at some specific approaches to miking specific instruments such as a grand piano, and B3/Leslie.

 

Bass

The role of bass in rock, pop, and hip-hop is absolutely crucial. Alan discusses bass recording techniques with Nathan East during a live tracking session for a new Alan Parsons track, All Our Yesterdays and also meets one of his long-time bass heroes, Carol Kaye, who contributed to many groundbreaking records with Phil Spector, Quincy Jones, The Beach Boys and others in the sixties and seventies.

As in the entire collection of The Art and Science Of Sound Recording, this second batch of sections, presented and produced by Alan, offer you his exclusive insider access to legendary musicians, producers and engineers and to their award-winning recording techniques. This collection offers something for everyone interested in recording their own music, from novice to professional engineers. Supported by extensive musical examples, custom diagrams, and interview clips, The Art & Science of Sound Recording takes a classic approach to recording and listening - followed by informed experimentation – and shows how this approach can live in the modern DAW-based environment. These are scenes that you can watch over and over again, and still enjoy nuances.

The final set of sections will be released online approximately a month after this release, just ahead of the complete DVD boxed set.

Those pre-ordering the DVD will simply be able to log into their account and find the new sections as soon as this release is live.

The Alan Parsons’ ASSR Team