Robert Archer at CEPro conducts an interview with producer/engineer/musician Alan Parsons, author of The Art and Science of Sound Recording DVD (Hal Leonard). Below is an excerpt of the interview to whet your appetite, but do click over to the full interview for the entire experience.
Archer: Do you have any advice for those that would like to develop their professional listening skills to hear things more like audio professionals such as yourself?
Parsons: The art of listening is the key to any kind of career in this business. My training at EMI/Abbey Road was thorough in how to listen. I learned how to discern minute differences in pieces of equipment, and it helped me to appreciate what I was hearing. As you become experienced on a pro level you become fussier about how things sound and how certain pieces of equipment behave.
Archer: What do you think about the market evolution that has seen the CD format losing sales while the vinyl and digital download categories increasing their respective sales?
Parsons: I’m not sure vinyl is selling beyond audiophile purists, and I’m not really one of them. I’m reasonably happy with the quality of CDs, but I’d really like to see high-resolution downloads become more widely available. It is encouraging to see people listening to high-resolution audio. Eventually it’s going to be an all-download world…computers dominate our lives these days. We are just going to have to be tolerant of the longer download times. It’s just the way it is.
Nearly three years in the making, Alan Parsons’ monumental ten-hour video series, The Art & Science of Sound Recording, is now available in a three-DVD boxed set! Narrated by actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, the DVDs are divided into 24 sections, starting with a brief history of recording. Filmed in HD, this 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 & 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. Along with its fully interactive website, The Art & Science of Sound Recording is a complete course in modern recording. Available from Hal Leonard.