I went to an Alan Parsons class on the Auraria Campus in Denver. I asked him to comment on the ways his production philosophy has stayed the same and the ways in which it has changed considering the developments in recording technology throughout his career.
(I’m recounting this from memory; sorry for any inaccuracies) He first talked about the ways that his production philosophy has stayed the same throughout the series of changes from 4-track to 8 to 16 to 32 on to todays digital environments. He said he still tries to get the best sound and the best performance from the musicians. He doesn’t like to “fix it in the mix.” He also doesn’t work on computers during sessions, preferring to have an operator there to “click the mouse,” though he said he will work on a mixing desk if there is one there.
It was really cool to hear him talk for almost two hours about his amazing career.
Mark-Anthony Turnage, Alan Parsons, Todd Reynolds, and Luke DuBois. What a week.