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.

March 7–9 | 9AM–6PM

each day at Sweetwater, Fort Wayne, IN

$1,195 per person

Includes lunches, three nights' lodging, and certificate of completion.


Capture the Sounds of a Hard Rock Guitarist

Learn the ins and outs of recording from a real studio pro! While hard rock guitarist Paul Gilbert performs 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:

Day 1:

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 Paul
  • Special meet-and-greet dinner with Mark, Paul, Nick, Don, and Dave

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

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
Featured Artists

Paul Gilbert

From the frightening musicianship of Racer X to the larger-than-life success of Mr. Big in the '80s, from trekking the world as a solo artist to his current status as one of rock 'n' roll's bona fide guitar heroes, Paul Gilbert is at the very top of rock guitar.

Today, you'll find Gilbert on the road promoting his latest solo album, I Can Destroy. And we're thrilled to announce that he's taking time out of his whirlwind schedule to participate in one of our incredibly popular Sweetwater Recording Master Classes.

Nick D'Virgilio

A renowned drummer and extraordinarily talented singer and songwriter, Nick has worked with such prominent acts as Tears for Fears, Sheryl Crow, Kevin Gilbert, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and Peter Gabriel. In 1996, Nick took Phil Collins's place in Genesis and played on their Calling All Stations album. He has carved out a major presence in the progressive rock world with his bands, Spock's Beard and Big Big Train.

Dave Martin

A native Texan and a member of the Western Swing Hall of Fame, Dave has played gigs with Robert Earl Keen, Robbie Fulks, Shelly West, and the Platters. He's played on albums for everyone from Robben Ford to Ventures' guitarist Nokie Edwards. Dave owned and operated Java Jive Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where he produced projects that range from rhythm & blues and Western swing to bluegrass and indie rock.

Don Carr

An accomplished musician who studied jazz and classical guitar, Don toured with the legendary Oak Ridge Boys for two decades while maintaining a busy recording schedule in Nashville. Don was the guitarist on the TV show The Oak Ridge Boys Live from Las Vegas for five years and has shared the stage with everyone from Lou Rawls and James Brown to Merle Haggard and Tim McGraw.

Meet Your Instructor

Mark Hornsby

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.

Classes fill up fast — reserve your spot today!

March 7–9 | 9AM–6PM

each day at Sweetwater, Fort Wayne, IN

$1,195 per person

Includes lunches, three nights' lodging, and certificate of completion.