This is a hands-on experience, because web-based classes and events just can't deliver the same education and inspiration as this in-the-studio experience.
Capture the Sounds of a Progressive Rock Supergroup
Learn the ins and outs of recording from a real studio pro! While members of progressive rock band Frost* perform complex arrangements, award-winning producer/engineer Mark Hornsby will delve into the intricacies of tracking, editing, mixing, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to sit in on an incredible 3-day recording session!
What you'll learn and experience:
Thursday — Learn Pro Recording Techniques
- Positioning mics for best results
- Setting up a rhythm tracking session (guitar, bass, drums, keys)
- Dialing in larger-than-life sounds
- Tracking session with Jem, John, Nathan, Nick, and Mark
- Special meet-and-greet dinner with Mark and the band
Friday — Recording Overdubs and Editing Tracks
- Auditioning different mics and processing chains
- Overdubbing instruments, multiple takes, and more
- Comping tracks: how to choose the best takes
- Editing tracks with Pro Tools and third-party plug-ins
Saturday — Mixing Tracks
- Learning the best use of compression, EQ, and effects
- Fine-tuning guitar, bass, drums, and keys
- Employing automation
- Getting the most out of bus compression/processing
- Making the final tweaks: how to decide when the mix is done
Comprised of Jem Godfrey (keys and vocals), John Mitchell (guitar — It Bites, Kino), Nathan King (bass — Level 42, It Bites), and Craig Blundell (drums — Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett), Frost* is a 21st-century prog phenomenon.
With the release of their debut album Milliontown (recently voted Album of the Decade by the Dividing Line Broadcast Network), in 2006, Frost* began to make uncompromising waves in the UK prog rock scene and have continued to challenge the concepts of what prog rock is ever since.
Following up in 2008 with Experiments In Mass Appeal (picked as one of Mike Portnoy's top 10 albums that year) Frost* ditched the keyboard-heavy sound of Milliontown and won a new army of fans among the college rock stations of the USA, culminating in support shows with Spock's Beard and Dream Theater.
Due to continuing tour commitments with Steven Wilson, Craig Blundell cannot make this workshop, so Frost* has reconnected with Nick D'Virgilio. Nick is no stranger to Frost*. Back in 2009, Nick joined the band at the Rites of Spring festival (RoSfest), and out of that show came the double live CD The Philadelphia Experiment.
In May 2015, Godfrey announced that a new Frost* album was in progress. Falling Satellites was released on May 27, 2016, to critical acclaim.
With a healthy disregard for the prog rule book, the band continues to take risks and push boundaries within the genre, regardless of the consequences.
What happens next is literally anyone's guess!
Sweetwater Studios Vice President of Operations/Senior Producer/Engineer
Mark is an award-winning producer, engineer, musician, writer, and lecturer. Mark is known for his work with a wide variety of artists across many genres of music, from Garth Brooks and Alison Krauss to Godsmack, Steven Curtis Chapman, Big Big Train, Peter Erskine/Dr. Um, and the London Philharmonic.