London’s world-famous recording complex Abbey Road is launching a new and improved online mastering and mixing service with a completely rebuilt file-sharing interface.
According to Abbey Road, the result is a faster service allowing users to send and receive tracks more simply and gain easier access to the studio’s equipment and engineering team, with feedback and communication between customers and engineers at the heart of the experience.
Users can send notes for the engineers and reference tracks along with their material, with the redesigned online mixing and mastering services actively encouraging direct interaction between clients and engineers.
Abbey Road has offered online mixing and mastering since 2010, and claims that key attractions of the online services have been that musicians can make use of them irrespective of their geographical location – culminating in an international profile of customers – and for a fraction of the cost of attending a mixing or mastering session at the studios in person.
Since the debut of the online services, Abbey Road says there has been huge growth in the user base taking advantage of the studios’ collective technical expertise and its assortment of vintage and modern kit, including SSL mixing and EMI TG12410 mastering consoles, vintage compressors and fully-serviced Neumann vinyl lathes.
"It was time for us to upgrade our original FTP-based systems and make the whole service more intuitive and quicker to use," explained Lucy Launder, Abbey Road's head of mastering (pictured). "We’re aware that there are automated ways to get your tracks mastered on-line these days, but nothing beats having one of our experienced team of engineers work on your tracks. You can’t tell an algorithm how to master your songs. In contrast, we listen to your music and find out what you want from our services before we start work, and you’ll also have an opportunity to tweak what we do if you’re not entirely satisfied the first time. Automated services simply can’t do that!
“We already offer some of the world's finest audio equipment and expertise,” she concluded. “Now you can make use of it that bit more easily."