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Alan Parsons’ Online Recording Course Debuts

The online course based around Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording DVD series goes live, adding new and updated content.

Alan Parsons’ new online course, based around his Art & Science of Sound Recording DVD series, adds new and updated content.
Alan Parsons’ new ASSR-Online course, based around his Art & Science of Sound Recording DVD series, adds new and updated content.

Santa Cruz, CA (November 23, 2020))—Art & Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR) has launched ASSR-Online—a new recording course, taken exclusively online, led by producer, engineer, and artist Alan Parsons. Rooted in Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording DVD series, the new course offers 26 video-based lesson modules with new and updated content, and leads to industry certification awarded upon course completion.

The ASSR-Online course comprises almost 11 hours of online video training spanning 26 lesson modules that are intended to be completed at a pace of one module a week. They cover the fundamentals of music production, each made up of a main video lesson module; a specific (printable) ‘keywords’ glossary; additional supporting audio, video, or image files; and a specific assignment related to the lesson. Each lesson module also offers a forum engine for communication between fellow students, and each lesson module concludes with a 10-point quiz specific to the lesson — complete the quiz to move on to the next lesson.

Students enrolled onto ASSR-Online are provided with a professionally-recorded 62-track raw multitrack (5.12GB .WAV) session file of a complex rock song with a ton of vocal harmonies — namely, the Alan Parsons-penned-and-produced ‘All Our Yesterdays’ (featuring session bassist Nathan East, Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee, The Alan Parsons Live Project vocalist P. J. Olsson, session guitarist Tim Pierce, and drummer Simon Phillips) to remix and interact with at 24-bit / 88.2 kHz recording resolution on their own DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

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Students are also provided with three additional raw multitrack session files for use during the course, including a multi-miked grand piano recording by ASSR’s Julian Colbeck (with which they can access different microphone positions and mixes), a choir recording (with which they can create their own mix of an MS — Mid/Side — miking arrangement, shown in the Recording A Choir lesson module), and the full multitrack of a track from a recent Colombian concert by The Alan Parsons Live Project (performing with a symphony orchestra).

GRAMMY Award-winning producer and engineer Alan Parsons started out as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios in London, where he worked with The Beatles (on 1969’s Abbey Road and 1970’s Let It Be) and engineered Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon album in 1973. He has since had a multi-decade-spanning, multi-platinum career as a producer and as an artist with The Alan Parsons Project.

Listed lesson modules are: A Brief History of Recording; Studio Acoustics – a guide to how sound behaves in rooms; DAWs and Current Equipment Choices in 2020; Microphones; Consoles and Controllers; Digital Audio and Computers – a guide to the technology; Monitoring – from loudspeakers to ear buds; MIDI; EQ (Equalization); Compressors and Limiters; Noise Gates; Reverbs; Delays; A Band Tracking Session; Making Beats; Vocals; Internet Recording; Recording Drums; Recording Keyboards; Recording Bass; Recording Guitar; Recording Guitar With Vocal; Recording A Choir; Live Recording – an introduction; Mixing; and, last but by no means least, Dealing With Disasters. Duly completed, students are awarded an ASSR-Online certification in The Fundamentals of Recording & Music Production.

The ASSR-Online course is $395.00 USD which can be paid at once or in four installments.

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