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Sweetwater Studios, the world-class, multi-room recording facility owned and operated by top music retailer Sweetwater, will host another installment of its three-day, hands-on recording master classes this month, featuring the progressive rock supergroup Frost* with Sweetwater’s Nick D’Virgilio. The class will be led by Sweetwater Studios’ Mark Hornsby and will take place from January 31 to February 2. The master class is open to registered students on a first come, first served basis.

The master class is to be held in Sweetwater Studios’ Studio A, and will focus on three primary elements: Learning Pro Recording Techniques, Recording Overdubs and Editing Tracks and Mixing Tracks. 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.

  • Who: Sweetwater Studios and Senior Producer/Engineer Mark Hornsby
  • What: Recording Master Class with progressive rock band Frost* and Sweetwater’s Nick D’Virgilio
  • Where: Sweetwater Studios, 5501 US Highway 30 West, Fort Wayne, IN

When: Thursday, January 31 to Saturday, February 2 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.



“We’re excited to host another installment of our Recording Master Classes at Sweetwater Studios, which have continued to be a rewarding experience for both participants and guest artists for the past several years,” said Hornsby. “Working through the whole process from start to finish in a hands-on setting and with top-of-the-line equipment lets participants apply concepts in a world-class, professional environment, then carry their acquired skills with them for all their future projects.”

Sweetwater Studios: Talent That Defies Convention

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 rock phenomenon.

With the release of their debut album Milliontown, in 2006, Frost* began to make uncompromising waves in the U.K. 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, Frost* ditched the keyboard-heavy sound of Milliontown and won a new army of fans among the college rock stations of the U.S., 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, 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 rock rulebook, the band continues to take risks and push boundaries within the genre, regardless of the consequences.

Registration is just $1,195 per person and includes:

  • Three full days of learning sessions in Sweetwater Studios, including lunches
  • Dinner with Mark, the members of Frost* and Nick
  • Lodging for three nights
  • Certificate of completion

To register, please email [email protected] or call (800) 386-6434.

To learn more, please visit https://sweetwaterstudios.com/event/frost-recording-master-class

About Sweetwater Studios

Sweetwater Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the largest online music instrument retailer in the country. With three world-class studios designed by Russ Berger and access to a greater diversity of musical equipment and professional audio gear than any other recording studio in the world, Sweetwater Studios is able to accommodate just about any recording, mixing or mastering project, no matter how simple or complex. With renowned staff producer Mark Hornsby at the helm, who has worked on many Grammy-award winning albums, Sweetwater Studios also has an exceptional staff of producers, engineers, session musicians and studio technicians. For more information on Sweetwater Studios, please visit http://www.sweetwaterstudios.com.


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