Ronan Chris Murphy
Five students can now sign up for producer/mixer Ronan Chris Murphy's (pictured) Home Recording Boot Camp, which will take place May 4-9, 2009, at Prosdocimi Recording in the town of Carmignano di Brenta, located outside of Venice in the Veneto region of Northern Italy.
Carmignano di Brenta is central to Padova, Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa, and many other historic sites, while Prosdocimi Recording is a boutique studio built into the private Villa Prosdocimi, which originally served as the country residence of Lord Bissara of Vicenza in the early 17th century.
Murphy is widely respected for his work with King Crimson, Steve Morse, Terry Bozzio, Tony Levin Ulver and many others, and has spent the past five years helping fellow engineers learn to improve their craft through his Home Recording Boot Camp, which has been held in Murphy's Los Angeles studio, Veneto West.
“Not only will our Home Recording Boot Camp in Italy be a fantastic chance for engineers to hone their skills in the art of recording and mixing, but it’s also a spectacular opportunity from a cultural and tourism perspective, as well,” notes Murphy. “During some of the evenings we will be making satellite trips to historic towns in the area for dinners and a bit of sightseeing, as well as plan to take an optional day excursion to Venice with a private guided tour after the camp’s final day.”
Due to the special nature of this particular Boot Camp, enrollment is limited to a maximum of five students and the class is expected to fill up quickly. Tuition for the course is $1,100 (USD) if registered before March 4 (or $1,200 by April 4th, and $1,300 if less than 30 days in advance), with half of the fees due at the time of sign-up.
Aside from covering the cost of instruction, the tuition fees are inclusive of home-cooked lunches prepared by the Prosdocimi family, which has called the villa home for more than three centuries, as well as Italian wine and other beverages.
“Having recorded in this particular studio before, I honestly can tell you that the home cooked meals there beat the best Italian restaurants in the U.S.,” Murphy adds. “Needless to say, this Boot Camp will be an all-encompassing combination of fantastic sound, scenery, food and wine!”
Students wishing to enroll in the Italian program (all instruction is in English) must first undergo a brief telephone interview with Murphy to ensure that the course is a good match.
Designed for advanced beginner to intermediate students, Home Recording Boot Camp’s six-day course features a curriculum of engaging lectures and master classes, plus fun hands-on workshops that are geared to help musicians and engineers unlock their creativity and ultimately create better recordings. These workshops teach core skills, recording fundamentals, and the art of applying these skills, whether it’s on a 4-track cassette, Pro Tools system, or top-of-the-line analog, 2-inch, 24-track machine.