Studio Pass: Sylvia Massy
with Sylvia Massy
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01 Class Introduction01:56
06 Drum Mic Placement09:21
About The Class
learn recording from the engineer that recorded Prince, Johnny Cash and Red Hot Chili Peppers
While she is a proficient master of vintage gear, Sylvia stresses that great records come not from having the right gear, but from capturing great performances. Join Sylvia as she records a song in the studio with Seattle alt-rock band Thunderpussy, and learn how to work with an artist to capture that magical take in your own work.
Pulling from her years of experience and sharing stories from her newly published book Recording UnHinged, Sylvia will show you:
- How to get interesting and vibrant drum sounds, using the room and the drummer to your advantage
- Capturing great sounding guitars at the source, without editing and reamping
- Pushing vocalists to deliver their best vocal takes
- Mixing both in the box and through a console using outboard gear
Sylvia is also known as a prolific educator, speaking and teaching at some of the best recording schools around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the industry’s most celebrated A-list producers.
Avast! Studio Overview & Walkthrough07:26
Sylvia's Recording Philosophy10:07
Introduce the Band, Thunderpussy07:53
Drum Setup & Tuning18:21
Drum Mic Placement09:21
Drum Micing - Mid-Side Overhead Technique04:11
Drum Micing - Room Mics41:25
Drum Micing - Toms22:10
Drum Micing - Kick and Snare Final Tuning10:59
Band Mic Check26:05
How Sylvia Plans a Lesson07:29
Budgets, Time and Planning a Session13:17
Recap and Intro04:17
Recording the Band, Thunderpussy32:32
Mixing the Recording of the Band09:08
Process for Editing18:42
Guitar Solo and Overdubs52:35
Creative Studio Techniques1:00:11
How to Mix: Drums43:56
How to Mix: Add Bass & Guitar13:34
How to Mix: Add Vocals36:24
Sylvia Massy has been Producing, Engineering and Mixing popular music for decades. She’s renowned for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Prince. She’s received over 25 gold and platinum records including awards for her work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust and Tom Petty. She’s also an accomplished fine artist, a published columnist, in-demand educator and relentless entrepreneur. But to her many friends, she’s just Sylvia, the Radiant Being. ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
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This Studio Pass episode with Sylvia Massey covers a lot of ground. From fundamentals like correct mic placement and phase to experimentation with amps, cell phone delay and a few extra parts, Sylvia makes it fun! I have been lucky enough in my career to work with a number of great engineers and producers. I haven't had the opportunity to work with her, but Sylvia is certainly in that category, and anyone who gets a chance to work with her would be a lucky person. This broadcast is the next best thing. Great job there at Avast Studio and fantastic camera work! And as for Thunderpussy; you guys rock!
Wow, that was such a blast. Thanks so much Sylvia and everyone else for making this such a fun experience. I picked up so many new ideas that I can't wait to try out! Sylvia is such a creative producer, it was so much fun to be a fly on the wall watching everything. Loved it!!
Awesome! A great opportunity to pick into the creative mind of one of the greatest and get that kind of knowledge that you can't acquire otherwise. Highly recommended!
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