Los Angeles, CA (January 17, 2008)–Tech Breakfast has debuted the first video of a new instructional series that brings viewers into the studio for start-to-finish record production sessions with producer/engineer Tony Shepperd (Elton John, Whitney Houston, Kenny Loggins). Beginning with this three-DVD set, Tony Shepperd Master Series 1: Tracking and Mixing, the series represents a collaborative effort between Shepperd’s group, Tech Breakfast, and partnering production company WoW Digital.
Master Series 1, now available, covers the fundamentals of tracking and mixing, demonstrating effective techniques in a variety of studio settings. The video follows Shepperd through complete recording and mixing sessions with the four-piece alternative rock band Silent Envy, while Shepperd also records session musicians and an R&B-style pop vocalist to illustrate additional tracking concepts and styles.
“I’m really excited about this DVD series,” says Shepperd. “I’ve had this idea for more than 10 years and it’s great to finally be able to share the experience I’ve learned from being in the biz for over two decades. We’ve crammed a ton of information into this series and I know that the tips and techniques I demonstrate will help others become better recording and mixing engineers because that’s what they’ve done for me.”
Disc 1 begins with the fundamentals, including an animated segment on the journey sound makes along the signal path. Following the ground-up tracking of Silent Envy, from pre-production to overdubs, Disc 1 brings viewers into a variety of recording environments to demonstrate how different facilities figure into an engineer’s tool set.
Disc 2 instructs how to mix in Pro Tools 7.4, as Shepperd mixes the Silent Envy material, and explores through deconstruction the how’s and why’s of his mixing decisions. Disc 3 contains all the data–the complete Pro Tools session files, sounds and Shepperd’s notes.
Master Series 1 was shot in high definition in four studio locations in Northern California and Los Angeles. The audio feed comes out of Pro Tools at 24-bit/48K and extensive screen captures display Shepperd’s settings at high resolution. “We’ve really taken a huge step forward in terms of what else is out there by using such high-quality technology,” says Shepperd. “When we solo the kick drum and listen, for example, you’re hearing both my mic and the S/PDIF feed directly out of the Pro Tools sessions, so it’s all high-res digital going directly to the DVD. If you turn up the volume, you’ll really feel that kick.”
“You see exactly what Tony does, how he does it, and can hear the song evolve as it makes its way from early tracking all the way to mastering and back,” says series producer Jeffrey Markham, a recording engineer and partner in Tech Breakfast. “The high-quality video and audio allow you to observe firsthand precisely what Tony does that pushes his tracks to the next level. It feels like a virtual internship with a very seasoned audio professional.”
The initial release is a standard definition, NTSC, all-region DVD. High definition and region-specific releases are forthcoming.
Orders may be placed at www.techbreakfast.com/dvd