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Welcome to Abbey Road Institute London

Our flagship school, Abbey Road Institute London, based at Abbey Road Studios in North West London, launched in September 2015. The school is integrated into the Abbey Road Studios building and offers our students a dedicated teaching space and bespoke studio space to work in 7 days a week. We’re proud to host our school in a dynamic teaching space which supports all areas of the course. You’ll work with top of the range, industry standard equipment in our professional studios.

London

A look inside our Studio

London Location

Overview of the space

Throughout the course you’ll have access to both our teaching and commercial studios at different stages, depending on the modules you’re working on. Our purpose-built facilities include a live recording space and professional-standard control room, two production rooms, a mixing room and a lecture room with individual workstations.

You will have access to the Institute’s studio both as part of the timetabled teaching as well as outside class time 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 classroom workstations or the production suites or mixing rooms. 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.

Abbey Road Institute London

Learn in professional standard studios

Welcome to Abbey Road Institute London.

Have a look around our studios and teaching spaces and visit us in person to get a real flavour of what its like to study with us.

Get to know our gear

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

Classroom/Lab

All theory and classroom-based practical lectures take place in our Classroom/Lab. This room offers one powerful computer workstations for each student to 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 Classroom/Lab also features a pair of Bower and Wilkins 802’s speakers for playback during lectures. Each workstation in this room includes:

  • Apple 27” iMac
  • UAD Apollo Twin – Audio Interface
  • Nektar LX25 – MIDI controller
  • Bower and Wilkins P7 Headphones
Software

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 Classroom/Lab, Production Suites, Mixing Studio and Recording Studio 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)
  • Celemony Melodyne
  • All UAD plug-ins (authentic analog hardware emulations)
  • Waves Abbey Road Collection plug-in bundle
  • Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand Virtual Piano
  • iZotope RX bundle
  • Big Fish Audio Sample Libraries
Production Suites 1 and 2

From the first day of the course, you will have access to two 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 – Audio Interface
  • UAD Satellite OCTO – DSP Accelerator
  • PMC twotwo 6’s – Active Speakers
  • Studio Logic SL88 – 88 keys fully weighted Master keyboard controller
  • ROLI Seaboard Rise – MIDI controller
  • Roland Electronic Drum Kit
Mixing Studio

This studio reflects the typical modern hybrid setup providing full integration between “in the box” resources and analogue outboard equipment. In this room, our students can produce, edit, record, mix and master their projects:

  • Avid S6 M40 Console – 16 Fader Modular Control Surface
  • Avid XMON – Monitor Controller
  • Avid 16×16 HD – AD/DA Converter
  • Apple Mac Pro with UAD-2 OCTO PCIe Card and Avid HD Native PCIe Card
  • Bower and Wilkins 805’s – Passive Speakers (Powered by 2x Quad 520f Professional Power Amplifiers)
  • Avantone Mix Cubes – Active Speakers
  • 500 Series – Heritage 73JR Pre-amp, API 512 Pre-amp, Chandler TG500 Pre-amp, SSL Bus Compressor
  • Lexicon PCM 70 – FX Processor
  • TL Audio Valve Master – 8 Channel Tube Console
  • Focusrite Blue 330 – Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • Focusrite ISA 115HD – Dual Channel Preamplifier and Equaliser
  • TC Electronics Fireworx – FX Processor
  • Yamaha SPX1000 – FX Processor
  • ART 6 Channel Headphone Amplifier

The four rooms above come with a small selection of microphones for “Control room recording”:

  • Avantone C12
  • 2x Neumann TLM102
  • Neat Worker Bee
  • Neat King Bee
  • 2x Sontronics STC 10
  • Sontronics STC 3X
  • Sontronics Aria
  • Sontronics Solo
  • 2x Shure SM58
  • Shure SM7B
  • Mogees
  • SE RF-X
Recording Studio

Our students have exclusive access to a purpose-built recording studio within the Abbey Road Studios building. This studio 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)
  • PMC twotwo 6’s – 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
  • Marshall DSL5C – 5 Watt Guitar 2 Channel Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • Marshall Code 25
  • Eden World Tour Pro – Bass Guitar Amplifier
  • Eden Tour Pro Head
  • Eden TN2251- Bass 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

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
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
  • Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul – Semi Acoustic Guitar
  • Epiphone Viola – Hollow Bodied Bass Guitar
  • Epiphone Masterbilt – Electro Acoustic Guitar
  • Epiphone Casino – Semi Acoustic Guitar
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • 8x Mogees – Instrumental Contact Microphone
  • 4x SE Reflection Filter
  • 4x SE Pop Shield
  • Roland VT4 Voice Transformer
  • Roland Electronic Layered Cajon
  • Roland EC-10M EI Cajon Mic Processor
  • Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
  • 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
  • B&W P7 Headphones
  • 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 unparallelled 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 London.

 

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

London

Why you should study here

London
  • 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