Women Rock: Sylvia Massy to host new studio masterclass at Fantasy Studios

AMI’s April cover star Sylvia Massy is to host Women Rock, a new creative recording master class from Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording.

The master class will take place on 19 May at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA where En Vogue, Tori Amos, and Lauryn Hill racked up the hits and Santana recorded Supernatural. The class will give attendees the opportunity to spend a day in the studio learning creative studio recording techniques from the Tool engineer and producer

In the spirit of honoring women in music, artist for the session is Santa Cruz alt-folk/rock band The Soulseers led by singer-songwriter Aliza Hava and songwriter/pianist from the hard-rock duo Sit Kitty Sit, Kat Downs.

Sylvia Massy brings an unbridled passion for the unusual to all her recordings, whether it’s plugging kitchen implements into a guitar amp, recording a chicken solo or, as she puts it, “just blowing s*%*@ up”.

Massy has just returned from Mexico City where she spent ten days producing an MTV Unplugged special with nu metal heroes Molotov, where she used, amongst other more normal acoustic instrumentation, a saw, a telephone, and bagpipes.

A day in the studio with Sylvia Massy is a memorable experience, where you’ll learn cutting edge techniques but also be transported back to the days when recording was wild, crazy and creative.

“Sylvia appears in the Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series and although she just prefers to just get on with the job she’s a brilliant role model for the next generation who we hope will take advantage of this rare opportunity to work with her at close range,” said ASSR producer Julian Colbeck.

Attendees will be able to see how Sylvia broke through the glass ceiling not only as an engineer and producer but also as an audio engineering author.

A copy of Massy’s best-selling book, Recording Unhinged – Tips And Tricks, from which will be in evidence during the session is included in the ticket price. Refreshments throughout the day are also included, as is a full-catered lunch.

ASSR’s Alan Parsons will be Skyping in with a welcome message for the attendees.Alan Parsons’ 2018 series of Master Class Training Sessions is being sponsored in conjunction with online mastering specialists LANDR.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 09.30–10.00 Welcome, Registration. Coffee and pastries.
  • 10.00–10.45 Sylvia introduces the band and sets goals for the tracking session.
  • 10.45–1.00 Tracking session (details to come)
  • 1.00–2.00 Lunch with Sylvia and the band at Fantasy Studios.
  • 2.00–4.15 Overdubs (details to come).
  • 4.15–4.30 Tea Break.
  • 4.30–6.30 Mixing

Don’t forget to read our interview with Sylvia Massy, which featured in the April issue of the magazine.