Welcome to Abbey Road Institute London

Our flagship school Abbey Road Institute London has moved into the historic Angel Recording Studios in Islington, near Kings Cross and our students now spend time between Angel and Abbey Road in North West London. The beautiful Grade II listed building has been carefully restored to enable us to move in and bring the space back to life.

Angel Studios has been home to many iconic recordings from Adele, Sam Smith and The Cure to film scores such as Leon, GoldenEye, Downton Abbey and many, many more. You can find out more about the history of the Studio and the local area on our blog. 

At our campus in Angel and Custom 75 recording studio at Abbey Road, we provide our students with dedicated teaching spaces, two recording studios and production rooms to work in 7 days a week. We’re proud to host our school in an industry-standard facility that supports all areas of the course.


A look inside our Studio

London music production school

Overview of the space

In the summer of 2021, our London Institute moved to Angel Studios in Islington, just near Kings Cross. Our teaching now takes place across both Angel and Abbey Road Studios as our students continue to use our dedicated Custom 75 Recording Studio at Abbey Road in St John’s Wood.

Throughout the course, you’ll spend time learning, recording and developing your skills in our industry-standard facilities as well as participating in recording workshops and masterclasses in Abbey Road’s commercial studios. These take place at different stages of your studies, depending on the modules you’re working on. Our facilities include 2 recording studios (one at Angel Studios and one at Abbey Road Studios), each providing a live room and a professional-standard control room. At Angel, we have three Production Suites and two Tech Labs where your lectures are hosted and are equipped with individual workstations for each student.

As a student, you will have access to the Institute’s facilities both as part of your timetabled teaching, as well as outside of classes for independently managed recording, production and mixing. Every student has access to a powerful computer workstation available before, during and after class.

You can start your project in the studio and continue recording, editing and mixing on the workstations in the Tech Labs or in the Production Suites. Abbey Road Institute students can be sure they are learning on the very best industry-standard equipment in the classroom and studio. Our studios feature a wide array of software and hardware allowing for various hybrid setups which are both practical and suitable for the modern-day audio production environment.

Practical time is allocated on an individual basis and fully supervised by our qualified staff. Practical sessions can be booked on a weekly or monthly basis during the operating hours of the Institute. There is no limit to the amount of practical time you can book during the course, subject only to availability.

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Learn in professional standard studios

Welcome to Abbey Road Institute London at Angel Studios

Have a look around our studios and teaching spaces and visit us in person to get a real flavour of what it’s like to study with us. If you scroll through the gallery you’ll see a selection of photos of ‘Angel Two’ our recording studio, our 2 Tech Labs and 3 Production Suites all at Angel as well as our Neve Custom 75 studio at Abbey Road.

Get to know our gear

Here is a list of facilities and equipment available during the course.

Tech LabS One & Two

All theory and classroom-based practical lectures take place in our Tech Labs. These two rooms provide each student with access to a powerful computer workstation for use before, during and after lecture time. Aside from following lecture activities, you can use these workstations to produce, edit, mix and even record. Each workstation offers a very wide selection of software together with a dedicated audio interface, MIDI controller and headphones. The Tech Labs also feature a pair of Bower and Wilkins 802’s speakers for playback during lectures. Each workstation in these rooms includes:

  • Apple 27” iMac
  • UAD Apollo Twin – Audio Interface
  • Nektar LX25 – MIDI controller
  • Focal Listen Professional Headphones

To allow complete freedom to move from one room to another seamlessly, we have ensured that every single computer workstation available to our students in the Tech Lab, Production Suites and Recording Studios is equipped with the same wide selection of industry-standard audio software. Every single DAW on our campus provides:

  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live (including Max for Live)
  • Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate bundle
  • Arturia V Collection (100 years of landmark keyboard instruments in one software package)
  • Roland Cloud Ultimate
  • Celemony Melodyne
  • All UAD plug-ins (authentic analogue hardware emulations)
  • Waves Abbey Road Collection plug-in bundle
  • Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand Virtual Piano
  • iZotope Media Production Suite (including RX bundle)
  • Big Fish Audio Sample Libraries
  • Eventide Anthology XI and H9 Series bundles
  • Liquidsonic Seventh Heaven Pro (Bricasti reverb emulation)
Production Suites One, Two and Three

From the first day of the course, you will have access to three Production Suites. These rooms are designed to enable you to produce music and start recording from the very beginning providing an “in the box” setup with a vast selection of software and several controllers. The Production Suites allow recording within the same room to develop coaching and soft skills that are essential for a successful producer.  Each suite is equipped with:

  • Apple 27” iMac
  • UAD Apollo Twin X – Audio Interface
  • UAD Satellite OCTO – DSP Accelerator
  • PMC twotwo 6’s – Active Speakers
  • Studio Logic SL88 – 88 keys fully weighted Master keyboard controller
  • Roland System 8 keyboard
  • Eventide H9 Pedal

Our students have exclusive access to two dedicated recording studios, one at Abbey Road Studios and one at Angel Studios.

Custom 75 Recording Studio (Abbey Road)

The studio at Abbey Road provides a dedicated Control Room with a Neve Custom 75 console and outboard equipment as well as a separate Live Room that offers variable acoustics together with a wide selection of microphones and backline equipment:

  • Neve Custom 75 Console – 32 Channel
  • Antelope Orion 32+ I/O – AD/DA Converter 
  • Apple 27” iMac
  • UAD Satellite OCTO – DSP Accelerator
  • Bower and Wilkins 802’s – Passive Speakers (Powered by 2x Bryston 7B SST2 Mono Blocks)
  • Genelec 1031A Active Speakers
  • Focal CMS 40’s – Active Speakers
  • KRK VXT 6’s – Active Speakers (Live Room)
  • 500 Series Compressors – 2x API 527, 2x SSL Dynamics, SSL Bus Compressor, OCL-500
  • Chiswick Reach Valve – Stereo Compressor
  • Focusrite Blue 330 – Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • Lexicon 300L with LARC – FX Processor
  • Lexicon PCM 70 – FX Processor
  • TC Electronics 2290 – FX Processor
  • 2x Drawmer 1960 – Dual Channel Tube Compressor and Mic Pre
  • Summit TPA200A – Dual Channel Tube Mic Pre
  • Urei 545 – Vintage Equaliser
  • 2x Chandler TG Channel – Abbey Road Special Edition Pre Amplifier and Equaliser
  • Focusrite Red 3 – Dual Channel Compressor/Limiter
  • Orban 622B – Dual Channel Equaliser
  • BSS DPR-402 – Dual Channel Compressor/Limiter  
  • 2x DBX FS900 – De-esser
  • 2x Urei LA4 – Compressor
  • ART 6 Channel – Headphone Amplifier
  • Feurich Model 122 – Upright Piano
  • Marshall 1974X – 18 Watt Hand Wired 2 Channel Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • Eden WTDI – Bass Guitar DI pedal
  • Eden Terra Nove Bass Amp
  • Fender Standard Telecaster (blackguard butterscotch blonde)
  • Randall ISO 12 with Celestion Vintage 30 – Isolation Cabinet for “Silent Recording”
  • Randall ISO 12 Cab
  • Natal Original Series F22 Birch Drum Kit with Maple, Birch and Brass Snares and additional 18″ Birch Bass Drum
  • Zildjian A Series Cymbals
  • 2x Natal Congas
  • Radial Re-amp Box
  • 5x KRK 8400 Headphones
  • Roland Blues Cube
  • Roland Jazz Chorus-40
  • Boss Katana Artist Guitar Amplifier
  • Roland Electronic Layered Cajon
  • Roland EC-10M El Cajon Mic Processor
  • Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Gibson J35 – Electro Acoustic Guitar
  • Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul

Our Custom 75 Studio Microphones:

  • Neumann U47
  • 4x Neumann KM184’s
  • 2x Neumann U87’s
  • 2x Neumann U67’s
  • Neumann TLM102
  • 2x Sennheiser MD421’s
  • Sennheiser MD441
  • 2x Electro Voice RE20’s
  • 2x Shure SM58’s
  • 3x Shure SM57’s
  • Shure Beta 91A
  • AKG D12VR
  • 2x Coles 4038
  • Sontronics Aria
  • 2x Sontronics Orpheus
  • 2x Sontronics STC-1S
  • Sontronics Mercury
  • Sub-Kick Speaker Driver Microphone
  • Shure SM7B

Angel Two (Angel Studios)

  • SSL Origin – 32 Channel Analogue Desk
  • Antelope Galaxy 32 Synergy Core
  • Bower and Wilkins 802’s – Passive Speakers (Powered by 2x Bryston SST2 Mono Blocks)
  • PMC twotwo 6’s – Active Speakers
  • Eventide H9000
  • Eventide Reverb 2016
  • Lexicon PCM70
  • TC Electronics Fireworx
  • Focusrite ISA 115H Channel Strip
  • Focusrite Blue 330 Stereo Mastering Compressor Limiter
  • Warm Audio WA76 Limiting Amplifier
  • Black Lion Audio Bluey
  • 2x Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X
  • Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor Matched Pair
  • Warm Audio WA2A
  • 500 Series Preamplifiers (2x 73JR Pre-amp, 2x API 512C, TG2, 2x Neve 88R LB)
  • 500 Series Compressors/EQ (SSL Ultraviolet, 3x Neve 2264A LB, 3x SSL E-Series Dynamics, 2x Phoenix Audio N90)
  • Katana Artist Amp
  • Blues Cube Amplifier
  • Marshall DSL5C – 5 Watt Guitar 2 Channel Guitar Combo Amplifier

Our Angel Two Microphones:

  • 2x AKG C414 XLS
  • 4x Neumann KM184
  • 2x Neumann U87
  • Neumann TLM 170
  • 2x Sontronics STC10
  • Shure Beta 91A
  • 2x Coles 4038
  • Akg D12VR
  • 4x Sennheiser 421
  • 3x Shure SM58
  • 3x Shure SM57
  • Shure Beta 57
Additional Floating Equipment

You can also access a great selection of equipment bookable from our technicians. This equipment can be used in any of our studios or classroom/lab:

  • UAD Satellite OCTO – DSP Accelerator
  • 2x ROLI Seaboard Rise – MIDI Controller
  • Nektar LX49 – MIDI Controller
  • Nektar Panorama P4 – MIDI Controller
  • Gibson J35 – Electro Acoustic Guitar
  • Gibson Les Paul Bass – Semi Acoustic Bass Guitar
  • Gibson Mini E-Tune – Electric Guitar with Self Tuning Mechanism
  • Epiphone Viola – Hollow Bodied Bass Guitar
  • Epiphone Masterbilt – Electro Acoustic Guitar
  • Epiphone Casino – Semi Acoustic Guitar
  • 8x Mogees – Instrumental Contact Microphone
  • 4x SE Reflection Filter
  • 4x SE Pop Shield
  • Roland VT4 Voice Transformer
  • Roland MX-1 Mix Performer
  • Roland SH-01A
  • Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer
  • Roland TB-03 Bass Line
  • Roland TR-8S Rhythm Composer
  • Roland D-05 Linear Synthesiser
  • Roland SE-02 Analog Synthesiser
  • Arturia MiniBrute 2
  • BOSS DM-2W Delay Pedal
  • BOSS TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal
  • BOSS DS-1X Distortion Pedal
  • BOSS CE-2W Chorus Pedal
  • BOSS JB-2 Angry Driver Pedal
  • M-Audio MIDI Sport 1×1
  • KRK KNS 8400 Headphones
  • V-MODA Crossfade Headphones
  • DrumDial
  • Primacoustic CrashGuard

A look into London

Top 5 reasons to study in London

Job opportunities
Studying in London puts you at the heart of not just the UK music industry, but arguably at the forefront of global music. With countless recording studios and employers in all areas of the music business, you’re primed to move into this flourishing job market. Our graduates are in high demand for jobs once they’ve completed their studies with us and the opportunities in London are unlike anywhere else. If you want to make it in the music industry it’s the place to be.

Music industry network
Your experience at Abbey Road Institute goes far beyond the technical skills and expertise you’ll gain with us. One of the most valuable things you can collect during your time with us is an enviable network of both staff, visiting industry experts and students alike. There are never-ending possibilities that can come out of the relationships you create and build during your time at Abbey Road and support you in your career trajectory after your studies.

Multicultural experience
‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’ as Samuel Johnson famously stated. London is one of, if not the most culturally diverse cities in the world. With over 300 languages spoken and a population of nearly 9 million, you will never tire of the diversity available to you in music, food, nightlife, the arts, and all areas of culture.

Student life
London can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. With discounted travel and access to free galleries, exhibitions, live music, outdoor film and other cultural events it’s easy to make the most of what London has to offer on a budget.

Music Scene

From the Roundhouse, Barbican and Southbank Centre to Cargo, XOYO, Shacklewell Arms and the New Cross Inn, there are 100s of music venues scattered across the capital, offering something for all musical tastes. The live music scene in London is unparalleled and there are unlimited nightlife opportunities available to you every day of the year!

London snapshot

What's on offer?

There is so much available on your doorstep, from restaurants, bars, film and theatre, art, gigs and clubs, to shops and more there is lots to explore in Angel, Islington and across London. To find out about the local area read our Ultimate Student Guide on Angel, Islington. 


Here are a few tips for getting settled in:

  • Grab a free TimeOut on Friday and plan your weekend and the week ahead
  • Download CityMapper to plan your travel across the city
  • Check out MoneySavingExpert for freebies and tips for living on a budget in the UK


Why you should study here

  • Languages Spoken in London 300
  • Number 1 city to study in UK 1
  • Pubs & Bars 4500
  • Live Music performances per year 32000

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

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