Song Production Masterclass

Be part of an exclusive recording session

What’s it like to produce and record a song from start to finish at Abbey Road Studios? Experience this for yourself at our inaugural ‘Song Production Masterclass’, a 4-day experience which will take you through the full recording process. Led by multi-award-winning producer Haydn Bendall you’ll immerse yourself in each of the stages of recording, mixing and mastering at the world’s most famous recording studio.

Haydn brings a wealth of experience and expertise, much of it gained through his years as an engineer and then senior engineer at Abbey Road. Haydn will be joined by the accomplished cellist, composer, arranger and conductor Audrey Riley and her orchestra as well as percussionist extraordinaire Lauren Kosty. Together this expert team will record and produce a song by up and coming indie rock band The Kings Parade.

You’ll be introduced to Abbey Road’s priceless microphone collection by the Studios’ in-house expert Lester Smith, learning about the history of the collection and how mics are chosen for different sessions.

Spending the first 2 days recording in Studio Three, where Pink Floyd recorded Dark Side of the Moon, you’ll see all the different stages of recording a song, from microphone selection, live room set up, tracking and recording management to orchestration and arrangement.

Day 3 will be spent mixing down the track with Haydn in the Studio Three control room and on the final day learn how award-winning Abbey Road Studios mastering engineer Christian Wright puts the final touches to the track, getting it ready for release.  We’ll end the masterclass with a review and reflection on the four days to wrap up the session. You’ll leave with insights and an understanding of behind the scenes at Abbey Road, which have previously been unseen by the public.

Key Facts:

Duration: 4 Days, 10:00am – 18:00pm
Masterclass Dates: 29 August – 1 September 2019 (Thursday – Sunday)
Producer: Haydn Bendall
Masterclass Fee: £2,750
Masterclass Size: 15

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Abbey Road Institute has really opened up a lot of doors. I started to think outside of the box while I was studying there.

Andrew Glen, 2017 Graduate

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate 2016

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate 2016