SAE Institute Nashville Hosts Alan Parsons

Nov 30, 2007 5:48 PM


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Alan Parsons leads SAE Nashville students and staff through the tracking process.

SAE Institute recently hosted two days of workshops and seminars with artist/producer/engineer Alan Parsons as part of its ongoing educational series of events. A longtime associate of SAE Institute, Parsons led a day of in-studio sessions at SAE's Nashville campus on October 26, as well as two public forums sponsored by SAE at the Musicians Hall of Fame on October 27.

Parsons, who has worked on some of the best selling albums of all time, shared many basic techniques for tracking and beginning a rough mix with students and faculty. He emphasized pre-production and tracking methods, the importance of artist/engineer communication and having the proper attitude in the studio environment. Drawing from his vast experience on both sides of the glass, Parsons invited SAE students and staff into the studio with him to track the SAE Staff Band in the campus' state-of-the-art SSL studio. The sessions also offered an intimate look into Parsons' production process.

photo of Alan Parsons with SAE Nashville staff

Alan Parsons with SAE Institute staff during his recent visit to their Nashville campus.

The following day, Parsons led two industry-wide events at the Musicians Hall of Fame, at which local audio professionals and fans of Parsons were able to learn about and discuss many high-profile sessions on which he engineered, including work by The Beatles, The Hollies and Pink Floyd. Topics included specific recording techniques, multiple final mixes and more. Attendees were also treated to several audio examples of Parson's specific works, and shown unique historical documents and photos relating to some of the greatest recordings of all time.

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