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Legendary artist, producer and engineer Alan Parsons, and acclaimed pundit, author and musician Julian Colbeck look at the challenges and opportunities facing music & audio in the 21st century in their new book The Art & Science Of Sound Recording – The Book (Hal Leonard Publications). Alan Parsons started his career at Abbey Road Studios when he was 18, working with The Beatles. Parsons went on to engineer the classic Pink Floyd album Dark Side Of The Moon before embarking on a multi Platinum career as producer and finally artist in his own right with the Alan Parsons Project. Julian Colbeck spent 25 years as a professional keyboardist working with cult 70s band Charlie, Yes/ABWH, Genesis’ Steve Hackett and many others. Colbeck was one of the first people to write about MIDI in his first book Keyfax (Virgin Books) in 1984. The Art & Science Of Sound Recording – The Book is his thirteenth.
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Blue Sky (2 months ago)
It’s always fascinating to watch one of the greatest artists of all time! We ❤️U Alan☝️
Douglas Sirk (8 months ago)
i like listening to this very nice man
riki rex (9 months ago)
sound expert talks trough feeding back sound system ...
IamMagPie (2 years ago)
Mr Parsons seems like such a nice person.
magicmurphy (3 years ago)
graphic eq notch at 1k2 and 1k6 coulda sorted that ring out. the irony!
Çerastes (3 years ago)
Alan please, "high resolution audio" is a gimmick. And considering the current state of your hearing, you would be just fine with the 192 kbps MP3 for crying out loud. Double blind ABX tests for every delusional people who say they can hear beyond 320 kbps MP3.
Çerastes (3 years ago)
+Halojen : Results may vary ... also it could be a codec specific problem. I personally haven't heard any artefacts when using the latest LAME encoder for my MP3s.
Halojen (3 years ago)
+Çerastes You're implying that the mp3 algorithm only produces artefacts outside his hearing range. I did a blind test with shitty headphones and to my utter surprise I actually could tell 320 apart from 44.1. I'm not saying that I avoid mp3 or anything (I'm perfectly happy to listen to 160) but the artefacts are present.
MrLegendardisch (3 years ago)
Alan Parsons :)
Gwee (3 years ago)
38:48.. yeah alan, could we do that sometime? pop in any of your favorite records and smoke a doobie with me please lol. i mean 'cig' something 70's like DSOTM or Close to the Edge
Will Sync (3 years ago)
"Over cooked is under par"
Will Sync (3 years ago)
Dont let the fire rush to your head.
JCzCmngALZ (3 years ago)
Just curious..... who the %&@# is Julian Colbeck???
coolgoddess13 (1 year ago)
He is also a music recording software inventor. See http://www.keyfax.com/
John McGee (3 years ago)
+JCzCmngALZ Played keyboards with Steve Hackett. Search for Steve Hackett Tokyo Tapes on Youtube.
Will Sync (3 years ago)
Ironically shitty audio.
Mike Bennett (1 year ago)
Yes, I love AP, so it was annoying to hear his Mic constantly ringing.
RealHomeRecording.com (3 years ago)
+Will Sync You get what you pay for. :-)
Danny Zane (3 years ago)
Julian Colbeck's responses are great.
lionstanding (3 years ago)
Not really answering the questions on exactly how they do what they do....
RealHomeRecording.com (3 years ago)
+lionstanding Buy the book/DVD.
JCzCmngALZ (3 years ago)
+lionstanding buy the book, i guess ;)
Dries Analog (3 years ago)
recording is complicated? well some classical/jazz/pop recordings of the end "60 were pretty good - maybe because they did NOT use > 60 mics, editing, mastering and other shit. they only used 3 mics and it sounded great!
Love this. Alan parsons has some gems on playing together as a band in the studio. Imperfections as a gift rather than perfection. Capturing vibe and a great performance.  Abby Road and its wealth of Knowledge. One of my favorite producers. 
Stanislav Kozliakovsky (4 years ago)
funny to see, how techno geeks gathered to see what Alan will say about "what button to push to get "APP" sound" or what plugin will make poo sounding stuff brilliant...or what secret wiring is making mickey mouse sounding like pavarotti.... but Alan talked about "using mind and talent" rather that "magic buttons"... I bet most of the spectators were talking after the meeting "gee, this guy is a dinosaur, he sucks..."
Mister Blue Sky (4 years ago)
It is sweet to hear Alan Parsons talk about recording. It is pretty much like listening to Steven Spielberg telling you how to film a movie. I only would have loved to hear some reflections on the sound in his own Project albums, and how he recorded every musician involved (guess I can find that in another video...). But I loved it, learned a lot, and liked the part in which he misses us having enough time to listen to albums which are, for me, the essential unity of modern music (not songs). By the way, the part "I always thought that engineers need an assistant" has made me decide my wife will be my recording assistant when I'm recording and she's watching telly!!!!
Thomas Ruffhead (4 years ago)
I have recorded and produced soundtracks in surround and "ambisonics". Both are amazing in their own rights. I installed an ambisonic theater just to playback a movie soundtrack that we recorded. It is still in operation!
Thomas Ruffhead (4 years ago)
Thanks for a current approach to recording engineering. I learned with John Woram's book (in 1982!). I definitely re-learned recording from the ASSR compilation! Thanks so much!
TheEdw555 (4 years ago)
Excellent !! I totally agree on how people can enjoy music on any device, and now there is no "audiophile" people or way of "seat and listen to the music" as in  the 80s- Tech can improve how to listen music if the soul is there, tech itself is not enough.
Stephen Tack (4 years ago)
Ironically the sound of this is pretty bad...feedback issues, ugg!
Danny Zane (3 years ago)
+Stephen Tack Seems to happen with a lot of AP interviews. I wonder if he somehow altered his magnetic field working in studios all those years... lol
coscoroba (4 years ago)
16 bit / 44.1 kHz should be more than enough as the end user format, even for an audiophile. Even 12 bit would be really good. The actual benefits of the high-resolution formats (such as 24/96) come from the fact that they survive better through editing.

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