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Sonic Reality releases Nick Mason Drums for BFD

Sonic Reality Nick Mason Drums

Sonic Reality has announced the release of Nick Mason Drums, a drum kit sample library for FXpansion’s BFD2.

The BFD version of “Nick Mason Drums” is a digital recreation of the legendary Pink Floyd drummer’s “Custom Ludwig Black Kit” and was recorded by engineer/producer Alan Parsons who originally recorded the album “Dark Side of the Moon”. The same classic miking techniques and EMI mixing console model was used as they did in 1973 so that “Nick Mason Drums” could offer an authentic recreation of a vintage drum sound heard by millions on one of the best selling albums of all time.

Nick Mason Drums for BFD is an expansion sound library for FXpansion’s BFD2 and BFD3 software which allows discrete multi-channel drum kits to be played from any MIDI keyboard or e-drum. Individual mic channels can be mixed by the user to create a variety of drum sounds from dry to ambient. The drums are mapped in both standard BFD formats and Sonic Reality’s advanced “iMap” layout for high performance in MIDI drum programming and live playing. Coming in at close to 5 gigabytes in size this high quality drum kit from Mason and Parsons offers top “album quality” sound.

In addition to the digital recreation of Nick’s drum kit, live drum grooves were also performed by Nick Mason and recorded by Alan Parsons for upcoming loop libraries and more from Sonic Reality.

The sample library is available to purchase from eSoundz for $69 USD (MSRP $99 USD). Other formats such as Reason, SampleTank, Kontakt, Rex, Apple Loops, Acidized Wave and Stylus RMX are coming soon.

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Alan Parsons to Appear at Hal Leonard Booth at AES Convention

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AES New York 2011

Hal Leonard has announced that recording engineer, producer, composer, and artist Alan Parsons will appear at the Hal Leonard booth (#364) at the Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Javits Center in New York.

He will sign copies of his three-DVD boxed set Alan Parsons’ The Art & Science of Sound Recording on Friday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.

Parsons’s illustrious career acts as both backdrop and inspiration for this groundbreaking series. He worked with The Beatles on the albums Abbey Road and Let It Be, engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and produced a string of multi-platinum hits for The Hollies, Pilot, Ambrosia, Al Stewart, and other artists, as well as for The Alan Parsons Project.

Filmed in HD, this is the most powerful instructional series ever created for music production. The Art & Science of Sound Recording looks at everything from soundproofing to mixing, and from recording guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and vocals to recording a choir. Fellow professional engineers and producers join Alan Parsons in this top-quality, practical, and cutting-edge guide, including Jack Joseph Puig, John Fields, Elliot Scheiner, Jack Douglas, Tony Brown, and Chuck Ainlay. Artists and musicians interviewed include Michael McDonald, Taylor Hawkins, Nathan East, Rami Jaffe, Carol Kaye, and Erykah Badu.

This invaluable instructional DVD set applies classic, old-school recording experience to the modern recording scene and is certain to be a standard work on the subject for years to come. Alongside its fully interactive website, www.artandscienceofsound.com, The Art & Science of Sound Recording is a complete course in modern recording.

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“Make a record with Alan Parsons” – News update for the Los Angeles event on July 22-23 2011

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Alan Parson's Art & Science of Sound Recording

Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording has posted a news updates for the Los Angeles Master Class Training Session, taking place July 22 and 23, 2011.

Excitement is building daily for the Master Class Training Session at Village Studios in Los Angeles on July 22-23, where a select group of Attendees get to make a record with studio legend Alan Parsons (Dark Side Of The Moon, Alan Parsons Project…)

Confirmed for the Friday morning tracking session include bass great Nathan East–fresh from his European tour with Toto and days before he hits the road again with Fourplay,
Fellow Michael Jackson session player–indeed the man who played ‘that guitar’ on Black And White–is Tim Pierce (arguably the premier session guitarist in Los Angeles right now), and Rami Jaffee, just back from Europe with the Foo Fighters.

Currently there are only a few seats remaining for the Los Angeles Master Class Training Session. There will be a strict limit of 24 Attendees in order to preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this event. Cost: $1950 USD per person; Student pricing (with Student ID): $1750 USD. A 15% discount is available for members of the Recording Academy™ (Members please email info@keyfax for discount coupon code).

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Alan Parsons LA Master Class Training Session announced

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Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording has announced the Level 3 Master Class Training Session with Alan Parsons, July 22-23, 2011.

Alan Parsons Master Class Training Session

A select group of attendees will join multi-Platinum engineer, producer and artist Alan Parsons and the crème de la crème of LA’s session musicians at the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles for the making of a new record.

This intensive two-day workshop expands upon techniques and practices shown in Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording series, bridging the gap between modern recording facilities and a classic recording experience.

Rami Jaffee (Keys / Foo Fighters) and Tim Pierce (Guitar / Crowded House, Michael Jackson) are now confirmed as two of the session players for the LA MCTS. The full line up of players will be announced shortly.

The Master Class Training Session is $1,950 USD per person, including lunch and refreshments on both days, USB thumb drive of the final mix, goodie bag from sponsors, multi-track Session files (attendees must supply media), and a signed copy of Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording DVD set. An Education Discount of $200 USD is available with Student ID.

The event is limited to 25 seats; early sign-ups are highly recommended.

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Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording now available through Steinberg

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Steinberg has announced that it will be distributing Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording video series by Keyfax NewMedia.

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“The Art & Science of Sound Recording is a complete ‘top-to-toe’ look at the modern sound recording process. It begins with looking at what sound is and how it behaves in rooms and then follows the chain of events and equipment from beginning to end,” said Julian Colbeck, CEO at Keyfax.

The boxed set contains three DVDs encompassing 24 sections on a range of useful topics from MIDI to audio recording techniques. The show covers various methods of signal processing in the analog and digital domain, using compressors, EQ and reverbs among many others. This is followed by providing a detailed look at recording the essential parts of each band: guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals. Eventually the different processes come together when addressed in a live recording setting.

“Art & Science of Sound Recording is a wonderful DVD box set about music production. Thanks to Alan Parsons as presenter of the show, this series is not only very informative, but boasts a comparable degree of craftsmanship,” commented Frank Simmerlein, Steinberg’s marketing director.

Multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer Alan Parsons has worked together with some of the greatest artists in rock history, the likes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd, and with The Alan Parsons Project wrote history himself.

The Art & Science of Sound Recording is available as a three-DVD boxed set from Steinberg for €119 EUR/£101 GBP.

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