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Inside our microphone cabinet: the Neumann U47

Is there a more revered microphone than the Neumann U47? Prized for its incredibly detailed and buttery smooth sound, the U47 is without a doubt one of the best microphones in the world. When we talk about providing our students with industry-standard equipment, we don’t just mean the latest digital technology (although we have that, […]
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Unlocking the mysteries of mastering

Last week, four of our students won the opportunity to have a track mastered by Abbey Road Studios engineers Geoff Pesche (Gorillaz, Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal) and Christian Wright (Ed Sheeran, Bjork, Radiohead). Naturally, the whole class was in the studio during the process so that Geoff and Christian could shed some light on the often […]
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Live sound with Britannia Row Productions

Live and studio sound engineering do have their differences, but a solid grounding in the fundamentals of audio engineering is required for both. Last week, Abbey Road Institute visited Britannia Row Productions to compare techniques and equipment from both audio worlds… If there is an equivalent to Abbey Road Studios in the live sound world, […]
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Hardware vs software: which is better for learning synthesis?

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of playing a hardware synth. So when our students asked for one, we listened. We now have the Arturia MiniBrute 2 available to our students! While our esteemed lecturer, musician and producer Jason O’Bryan is (patiently) waiting for his turn to play with our new hardware, we asked him […]
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Why music producers should learn music theory, and why we insist on it

One of our entry requirements for students wishing to take the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is a basic grasp of music theory. There’s a reason for that; it will make you a better producer. Not convinced? Read on… Scales. Chords. Modes. Learning it is so dull. Mastering it is intimidating. Rules […]
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Alumni achievements: Andrew Glen

Less than a year after graduating, Andrew has hit the ground running in the audio industry. We first spoke to Andrew while he was still a studying at Abbey Road Institute. Less than a year later, Andrew now juggles being an Audio Producer for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), producing for other […]
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Meet our new Student Administrator!

If you’re considering studying at Abbey Road Institute London, chances are your first point of contact will be our Student Administrator and Marketing Assistant, Joely. A recent graduate of the ACM Music Business degree, Joely has hit the ground running keeping our Facebook and Instagram up-to-date, and preparing our September students for an amazing year […]
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How recreating a track improves your music production skills

Recreating a track is one of the best ways to build a foundation for your music production skills. It requires you to use every ounce of both your musical and technical knowledge to match the reference material, and will no doubt require you to master new techniques along the way. It’s an important assignment at […]
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Producing music for AI with Humtap

As part of the larger Abbey Road family, Abbey Road Institute students have access to an incredible network of music industry connections, including Europe’s first music tech startup Abbey Road Red. That relationship works both ways! Humtap is an artificial intelligence-driven music production platform and a current member of Abbey Road Red. When Founder and […]
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Abbey Road Institute Summer Guestfest!

Guest lectures are an important part of our programme. Thanks to our incredible Music Business Lecturer Ian Ramage, Abbey Road Institute students have the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most influential figures. Here are just some of the guests visiting us this summer… Helen Papaleontiou Head of Sampling & Infringements – Universal […]
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Mix Masterclass with Marta Salogni

Marta Salogni is everywhere right now mixing, producing and recording countless artists including Bjork, The xx and The Orielles. Her hard work saw her take home the 2018 MPG Breakthrough Engineer of the Year Award. Abbey Road Institute students were treated to a masterclass with Marta last week but Campus Manager Mike Sinnott couldn’t let […]
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How we use music history to prepare you for the future

When you read the words “Abbey Road Studios” what do you think of? The Beatles? Pink Floyd? Radiohead? What about “the birthplace of modern music production?” Abbey Road Institute’s curriculum is drawn directly from the studio’s long history of sound recording and technical innovation. In fact, the studio itself is an innovation. Abbey Road’s past […]
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Get Pro Tools Certified!

Good news for current and future Abbey Road Institute students: our core curriculum now includes the industry recognised Avid Certified User for Pro Tools credential. We pride ourselves on the fact that our students become highly sought-after graduates in this competitive industry and we’re excited to be an official Avid Learning Partner. Here’s why students […]
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How streaming impacts music business success

Ian Ramage is Abbey Road Institute’s music business lecturer. For the past 35 years, he’s worked with artists and labels in marketing, managing, A&R and publishing. Ian is a veritable fountain of information on how this industry works, and shares why change can be a good thing… Reasons to be cheerful There are so many […]
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ReverbNation artist Joel Bailey’s session recording ‘This Year’

Earlier this year we launched a competition with ReverbNation to offer one artist the opportunity to come to Abbey Road Institute in London and record with producer, engineer and lecturer Pete Dowsett and our current music production and sound engineering students. ReverbNation is a platform which supports emerging artists to build their careers. Amy Pinnock, […]
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Abbey Road Engineers Andrew Dudman & Paul Pritchard – Part 2 Interview

Welcome to Part Two of our online masterclass with Abbey Road Engineers Andrew Dudman and Paul Pritchard In the second interview of a three-part video masterclass, Andrew and Paul discuss the importance of preparation prior to recording. In particular, when working on large orchestral recordings when time is money – in the region of £200 per […]
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Abbey Road Engineers Andrew Dudman & Paul Pritchard Interview – Part 1

Last year we were delighted to have two of Abbey Road Studios’ engineers embark on a European tour of our Abbey Road Institutes. Andrew Dudman, Senior Engineer, (who has worked on many film scores from Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve Jobs and Mission Impossible, to the Oscar-winning score for Gravity) and Paul Pritchard, Assistant Engineer (worked […]
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Graduation highlights in Abbey Road Studios

So this happened! On 27 October 2017 we held our first Abbey Road Institute Global Graduation Ceremony for all graduating students from our schools in Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Melbourne and Paris. Thank you to Abbey Road Studios for hosting such a fantastic event. A huge well done to all our graduates from all over the globe. You can […]
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Students and alumni come together in Studio Three

Welcome back to alumnus Jack Chown And band Winterfalle recording with our students at Abbey Road Whilst it’s a regular part of the teaching at Abbey Road Institute, it’s always exciting to be recording a session in Abbey Road. Especially when it’s your first time. This was the case for our September class last month. […]
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Abbey Road Students takeover BBC Amplify!

ARI students and alumni engineering at Europe’s biggest new industry show In August the team behind the BBC Music Introducing event Amplify approached Abbey Road Institute. They were looking for up and coming engineering talent to become part of BBC Amplify, the biggest new industry show in Europe, to work across the various stages that […]
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Graduating in style at Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Institute global graduation ceremony in Abbey Road Studios One of the unique experiences you have as a student at Abbey Road Insitute is the close relationship with Abbey Road Studios. Our students get regular access to the world of Abbey Road, but one of the real highlights of this experience is the annual graduation ceremony. […]
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From Ottawa, Canada to Abbey Road

Applying for a visa can appear complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Ramera Abraham joined our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in September after relocating from North America. She had a busy and productive 4 weeks before joining Abbey Road Institute. Applying for both our course and the visa at the same time then moving from Canada to London has put Ramera on the start of her new career path.
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Alumnus Chris Cook back co-producing in Studio Two

Back in Studio Two It’s all in a day’s work for our diploma students – recording a brass band, two soloists (violin and piano), learning from multiple Grammy Award-winning engineer John Dunkerley and watching alumnus Chris Cook co-produce the session. The morning session It was an early start for our most recent recording in Abbey […]
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‘Not a second in the studio is wasted’ Interview with Haydn Bendall

We were delighted to work with Haydn Bendall again this summer on a recording session with our students in Abbey Road Studio Two. Haydn is a Grammy winning record producer, engineer and mixer. He was Chief Engineer at Abbey Road Studios for more than ten years. In 2009 Haydn was awarded the Audio Pro Industry Excellence Award […]
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How creative collaboration can take your music forward

New graduate Noah Dayan shares the experience of recording his new album “I was working on my new album during my time on the course and am excited about its release. It was recorded with other classmates from the course in the production suites and Custom 75 studio at the Institute. I was always passionate […]
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Hit the ground running

Our students share their first impressions after two weeks on the course We often say that our students eat, sleep and breathe Abbey Road Institute. So our new September class were in for an exciting and intensive induction during their first week. Programme Director, Carlos Lellis, set the scene during the first day then they […]
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Looking back

How did Abbey Road Institute student Leif Rehtanz successfully juggle his studies with us and pursuing his career as a singer/songwriter? Hi Leif, Thank you for meeting me today. You’ve just finished your exams. Looking back at the last 48 weeks: How did you find your year at Abbey Road Institute? Was it like you […]
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“Helping people to find their dream job”

Ray Pope joined Universal Music as a Talent Acquisition Senior Manager in September 2015 after studying popular and world music at Leeds University. As a musician and a musical graduate she always saw herself in a creative role in the industry. After working in front line label talent acquisition she realised she had found her ideal […]
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“I always knew I wanted to be a performer of some sort”

Music Production and Sound Engineering student Andrew Glen tells us about his time at Abbey Road Institute and what his plans are for the future Hello Andrew, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your background? I grew up in a little town on the East coast of Scotland 5 miles from […]
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A regular day in Studio Three

And a lesson from expert Abbey Road Engineers Alex Scannell and Stefano Civetta. Last week our March students were part of a recording session in Studio Three with the band Desert Ships. They worked alongside highly experienced engineers Alex Scannell and Abbey Road Studio assistant engineer and Pro Tools expert Stefano Civetta. We’ve been working […]
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

How to fund your studies at Abbey Road Institute Summer’s here and we’re very much gearing up for our Advanced Diploma starting next month. In the meantime, we have some useful funding information to share with you! We’re sharing with you a funding opportunity which is open to applicants wishing to study with us in […]
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KEEMOSABE – Follow the Symbols Part Two

After their Kickstarter Campaign, the guys from KEEMOSABE are back at Abbey Road! Welcome back to Abbey Road Institute and congratulations ON the successful outcome of your Kickstarter project. How do you feel right now? Thank you so much for having us back! We feel great. The precious support of our fans makes us feel incredible, […]
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Meet future student Rebekah Arnold

Rebekah will be joining our next Advanced Diploma in September. Hi Rebekah, thank you for meeting me today. Firstly, congratulations on your offer for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering at Abbey Road Institute. How does it feel? I feel like I’m finally on the right path to getting where I want to […]
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How a PhD microbiologist transitioned to a music producer

Carlos Bricio’s journey from science lab to the recording studio Carlos is currently studying at Abbey Road Institute, he enrolled on the Advanced Diploma in September 2016. After 8 months on the course we caught up to find out about his experience so far. Hi Carlos, I’m curious to find out more about you and […]
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Our latest recording session with our students at Abbey Road’s Studio One

Our students learn from multiple Grammy Award winning engineer John Dunkerley in a recording session with the Royal College of Music. The next generation of music producers and sound engineers along with Institute Programme Director Carlos Lellis, our alumni Hugo Bechstein and multiple Grammy award winner John Dunkerley were recording with the the fantastic philharmonic […]
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KEEMOSABE – Follow the Symbols

Introducing KEEMOSABE one of our student’s bands who recently launched their Kickstarter campaign to record at Abbey Road KEEMOSABE is a Pop/Rock/Funk/Experimental Italian quartet currently based in London. Their project was born from the desire of two jazz students in New York City, Alberto Curtis and Sebastiano Vecchio, to form a band that could implement concepts […]
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To innovate in the future is to learn from the past

Meet Noah Dayan one of our Advanced Diploma students Noah started his own YouTube Channel earlier this year, motivated by the training he’s had at Abbey Road Institute. “All the things we learned about the history of Abbey Road Studios and its recording methods inspired me to blend some music history with practical advice on music […]
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From Abbey Road Institute to Universal’s EMI Archives

Giulio Rusconi graduated last September from our Advanced Diploma, we catch up with him and find out what he’s been up to since then. Hi Giulio, can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself? I was born in Milan, Italy, where I lived until I started studying at Abbey Road Institute. My academic background is […]
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What a day! Our latest session in Studio Three

Recording session with our students in Abbey Road “Burn” was the track our students recorded with our students bands Keemosabe, Lewn and S. Fidelity in Studio Three this week. And burn they did – their set was on fire! This was our March students first dedicated recording session in Abbey Road’s commercial studios, with more to come. Alongside Programme Director  Carlos […]
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Meet Abbey Road Institute alumni Debbie Melliard

Debbie Melliard joined our very first Advanced Diploma intake and graduated last year in September 2016.  It’s seven months since she finished her studies at Abbey Road Institute and we’re curious to know how she’s getting on and what she’s doing now. Hi Debbie, Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your music […]
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Meet business lecturer Ian Ramage

Hi Ian, thanks for taking the time to be interviewed, firstly, I’d like to ask: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?  I am an incorrigible music fan. I was lucky to realise early enough that I did not have the musical talent to make it, so I have worked in the business […]
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Abbey Road Studios On European Tour

Learn from expert Abbey Road Studios engineers This week we’re excited to share that two of our expert Abbey Road Studios engineers are on tour giving exclusive guest lectures at our four Abbey Road Institutes across Europe. Andrew Dudman and Paul Pritchard will be starting the week at Abbey Road Institute Paris, before visiting Abbey Road Institute […]
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Come Together

Bonjour, Guten Morgen and Good Morning! Each of these different ways of saying “hello” were heard during the last four days at Abbey Road Institute London as we welcomed our students from Abbey Road Institute France and the latest graduates from Abbey Road Institute Germany. Saturday and Sunday was spent in Abbey Road Studio’s Two and Three with the […]
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Recording session in Studio Two

From Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” to Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances” Learning in a professional studio environment is an integral part of the experience at Abbey Road Institute.  And Friday 23 March was another opportunity for our students to get up close and personal with professional engineers and musicians. We had the pleasure of recording in the Abbey Road’s Studio Two with […]
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Learning from a pro in Abbey Road’s Studio Three

What’s it like to record at Abbey Road Studios? We finished January on a high at Abbey Road Institute, with a recording session in Abbey Road’s Studio Three. We invited in expert engineer Alex Scannell, who previously worked at Abbey Road Studios for over 10 years and now runs Audio Spark Mobile. Along with Alex we […]
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