Producer/engineer Josh Blair (pictured) and Metropolis mastering engineer Mazen Murad presided over the workshops, which took place at Liverpool Sound City 2011.
A wide range of recording and mixing techniques were covered during the two days. With the support of FX Rentals, PMC, DPA, Neumann, SPL, Audient and Sonodyne, Prism Sound and Metropolis Group compiled a comprehensive recording rig and arranged for a four-piece session band to perform, allowing Blair to record and mix original material.
Day one focused on microphone techniques with Blair recording the musicians through various microphones (DPA, Neumann, Sennheiser and Shure) into mic pre amplifiers (API, SPL and Prism Sound Maselec MMA-4XRs), and then onto a Pro Tools HD system with a complete Prism Sound ADA-8XR Pro Tools HD I/O solution. Hardware processing was carried out using Maselec MEA-2 EQ and MLA-2 compressors.
Day two saw Blair examine mixing techniques using the material recorded the previous day, after which Murad explained the craft of mastering with some live demonstrations using SADiE 6, Prism Sound ADA-8XR I/O and Maselec MEA-2 and MLA-2 processors, with main monitoring via PMC IB2s.
“When Prism Sound asked me to get involved, I jumped at the opportunity to share my knowledge with other people,” said Blair. “It was great to see that so many people are still interested in recording real people, with real instruments, in real rooms, with real top-end gear.”
Murad added: “Doing this workshop was exciting for me to share tips on mastering and shed some light on all the different facets of mastering today. I wish there were workshops like this when I started as a young engineer. It was also fantastic to have the whole process there from recording, mixing to mastering a song.”
David J Pichilingi, festival director of Liverpool Sound City, added: “The addition of Prism Sound/Metropolis Group workshops was amazing. The workshops were filled from morning until night with musicians and technicians from all areas of the international music business. The feedback was hugely positive. One person in particular told me he learned more in 30 minutes than he had learned in three years on his Sound Technician Degree programme! The delivery team was professional at all times and the pitch was perfect for our audience. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Prism Sound is currently planning more events in its popular Mic to Monitor and Mic To Master series. For more information on forthcoming schedules, please visit www.prismsound.com.