Photo: Georgina McLachlan
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, Calif. has named its new hybrid mastering and recording studio Alan Parsons Studio Two, in honor of world renowned artist, recording engineer and producer, Alan Parsons (pictured). The new studio was designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) and gives Ex’pression Sound Arts students the opportunity to experience top-of-the-line signal processing equipment, including API mic pre’s, EQs and compressors.
The ribbon cutting and dedication of the Alan Parsons Studio Two was held Tuesday, July 15 while Parsons was on-site filming an upcoming DVD on his work process, production and mixing techniques.
“Considered to be one of the most influential recording engineers of the 20th century, we felt it was appropriate to dedicate our new hybrid studio to a true innovator in the recording and music industry,” says Spencer Nilsen, Ex’pression College’s president and creative director. “It has been our mantra at Ex’pression to immerse our students in a world where they are exposed to and inspired by artists and recording legends, like Alan, who have paved the way in the industry they are so passionate about.”
Alan Parsons Studio Two includes a pair of ATC SCM150ASM mastering-grade monitors; Chandler preamps, compressors, and Germanium tone controls; Neve 1073 preamps; Manley Massive Passive EQs, Pultec EQs and Variable Mu compressors; a Waves MaxxBCL hardware compressor L2; Manley mic and line mixers; a Speck line mixer; and six API 512C mic pre’s, as well as a 10 rackspaces of API 550A 3-band EQs and API 525 compressors. The studio also has a Digidesign C|24 control surface interfaced with a Pro Tools HD3 system.
“By the time our students are ready for Alan Parsons Studio Two, they will have been through a lot,” explains John Scanlon, director of Sound Arts for Ex’pression. “They will have recorded and mixed through everything from project studio workstations to huge consoles; they’ll know MIDI and mic techniques, audio post-production, audio for games, and timecode and live sound; they’ll be mixing Pro Tools sessions in their sleep. In short, they’ll be well-prepared and knowledgeable audio professionals. But the lessons they’ll learn in the new room will take all of that to the next level. Dedicating this studio to industry luminary Alan Parsons sets the tone for students to push their learning of the craft to the next level.”
For more information, visit www.expression.edu.