The Experience

What to expect

During our 4-day masterclass, you’ll have unparalleled access to the skills and expertise of our team in the most iconic recording studio in the world. You’ll follow Haydn as he leads you through the different stages of producing and recording a song. The first 3 days will be spent in Studio Three where Florence and the Machine, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Frank Ocean and Liam Gallagher have all recorded. On the last day, you’ll move to Room 5 for mastering with Christian Wright, followed by a debrief in our Institute classroom to review and digest what you’ve learnt throughout the masterclass. The four days will cover:

Day 1 – Recording

  • Introductions & meet the team
  • Recording session set up – studio signal flow and patching, the recording path, console considerations.
  • Lester Smith presents Abbey Road legendary microphone collection.
  • Microphone selection, positioning, the recording path.
  • Session management – Pro Tools templates
  • Production considerations (tempo / use of click track / song mood, arrangement & dynamics)
  • The recording path – console settings, EQ, dynamics, outboard, plug-ins
  • Recording technique – drums, bass, guitar (acoustic and electric), keyboards (grand piano, synths, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes).

Day 2 – Recording

  • String orchestration/arrangement workshop
  • Percussion recording workshop
  • Recording technique – lead vocals, backing vocals, strings (violin, cello), percussion.
  • Session review
  • The importance of the monitor mix
  • Mix preparation

Day 3 – Mixing

  • Session management / workstation (DAW) & desk configuration / project settings.
  • Artistic considerations
  • Gain staging & level balancing
  • Monitoring
  • Panning
  • EQ (desk, plug-ins & outboard)
  • Dynamics (compressors, gates, expanders, limiters, desk, plug-ins & outboard)
  • Time-based effects (delay, reverb, chorus, phase, flange)
  • Grouping/bussing
  • Session automation
  • Bus / mix-bus compression
  • Mastering preparation

Day 4 – Mastering & Review

  • Session preparation
  • Expectation management
  • Artistic considerations
  • Technical considerations
  • Mastering workflows
  • Tools (monitors, eq, dynamics, limiting, converters)
  • Technique
  • Software v Hardware
  • Vinyl mastering
  • Deliverables
  • Session review
  • Q&A

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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