The ribbon cutting and dedication of the Alan Parsons Studio Two will be held Tuesday, July 15th while the talented artist, producer, engineer and innovator is on-site to be filmed for an upcoming DVD on his work process, production, and mixing techniques.
"Considered to be one of the most influential recording engineers of the twentieth century, we felt it was appropriate to dedicate our new hybrid studio to a true innovator in the recording and music industry" said 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 boasts an impressive 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 compressor hardware L2; Manley mic and line mixers; a Speck line mixer; and a “lunchbox” of six API 512C mic pres, as well as a ten-slot rack of API 550A 3-band EQs and API 525 compressors. A Digidesign C|24 control surface interfaced with a muscular ProTools HD3 system acts as the studio’s backbone.
“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 ProTools 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.”
Born in Britain on December 20, 1948, Alan Parsons soon found that his interests lay in music. He studied piano and flute as a child and was always intrigued by gadgetry. He picked up the guitar in his early teens and played as a soloist as well as with various bands at school. One of his first jobs was at an EMI tape duplication facility in West London. At this time he was fortunate enough to experience the master tape of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album and that boosted his determination to become a recording engineer. He then landed a post at the then not-so-celebrated Abbey Road Studios <http://www.abbeyroad.co.uk/> and garnered significant experience on the Beatles' Let It Be album, and actively participated in the famous Apple rooftop session. Alan then worked as an engineer with Paul McCartney on McCartney, Wings Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. He also helped out on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album both as an assistant and as a mix engineer.
After the experience of The Beatles, Alan worked on a number of hits with The Hollies <http://www.hollies.co.uk/> including He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother and The Air That I Breathe. However, his reputation as a world-class engineer was solidified with his work on Pink Floyd's <http://www.pinkfloyd.co.uk/> legendary Dark Side Of The Moon, which earned him the first of many Grammy nominations.
In the mid-seventies, Alan formed his own recording group, The Alan Parsons Project. The Project debuted in 1976 with Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe. Similarly, the science fiction of Isaac Asimov served as the raw material for 1977's follow-up I Robot. It was the album Turn of a Friendly Card, recorded in Paris in 1980, that spawned two Top 20 hits in the US and abroad. 1982’s Eye In The Sky soared to number three with it’s title track.
More recently, Alan's music has taken a new contemporary direction into the world of Electronica. His album, A Valid Path, features a number of notables in the genre including The Crystal Method <http://www.thecrystalmethod.com/> , Shpongle, <http://www.shpongle.com/> and Uberzone <http://www.uberzone.net/> . Alan’s band has toured the United States, Europe, Russia and South America.
About Ex’pression College for Digital Arts
Founded in 1999, Expression is a unique, fully licensed digital arts college. Expression College for Digital Arts teaches and grants Bachelor degrees in four programs: Sound Arts; Animation & Visual Effects; Motion Graphic Design and Game Art & Design. Expression utilizes a professional accelerated program and students live and learn in the culture of digital arts for approximately 2.5 years. Each class is limited to a small number of students to insure excellent and hands-on learning and the student to computer ratio is one-to-one. Students are taught by and work with the best practitioners and equipment that the industry can offer. Ex’pression’s close ties to top industry professionals provide students with real-world client projects and mentorship opportunities and a top-rated career development track that has resulted in an exceptionally high placement rate for graduates. When graduates leave their Ex’pression family behind, they will be prepared to immediately assume sought-after jobs in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, or any of the arts and high technology centers around the world.
Expression is located in an imagination-inspiring 100,000-square-foot building, at 6601 Shellmound St. in Emeryville, Calif., just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. For more information, please visit Ex’pression's Website at: http://www.expression.edu.