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Preparing your music for mastering by Darcy Proper

In music production, the mastering stage is the final step in the creative process. The stage where a lot of additional magic happens, bringing the listener closer to your music by giving them a stronger sense of connection. In other words, it can enhance the reason why you are making music in the first place! […]
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Hammond Sessions – Recording a legendary instrument

Manufacturers like Korg, Roland, Clavia and Native Instruments have managed to produce impressive emulations of this iconic instrument, but nothing beats the real deal. We are talking about the legendary Hammond Organ. On Saturday the 5th of August at 16h00, Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam hosted a Facebook Live event around this iconic versatile instrument. With the […]
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A magical weekend at Rockfield

Imagine this: You sit on the exact same spot where Freddy Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody (4 times platinum), after you just touched the actual Wonderwall from Oasis, in the magical countryside of Wales, getting ready to take part in a recording session and learn from one of the most profound producers/engineers in music history. Including […]
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Darcy Proper Scholarship – and the winner is…

An interview with Summer Disbray – A woman in the music industry To her, music means literally everything. Sometimes it even feels like an addiction, because music is her outlet, where her true self comes out. We are talking to Summer Disbray, the lucky winner of the Darcy Proper Scholarship at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. […]
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Get Serious about Sound Synthesis

Using less presets, creating your own sounds, being ahead of your (musical) game. There are more than enough reasons to learn more about Synthesis! And synthesis expert MarcoAntonio Spaventi couldn’t agree more. Sometimes when you get a great idea for a song or track, you can just feel it, this is going to be massive. […]
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Events

Abbey Road Studios Engineers Seminar

On April 21st we have the pleasure of welcoming two engineers from Abbey Road Studios in London. Andrew Dudman and Paul Pritchard will be hosting an exclusive workshop at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. Our students will be part of a bespoke guest lecture, then in the evening we’re delighted to host a public workshop which […]
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Upcoming Open Days

Our last Open Day on January 28th was fully booked! Therefore we have decided to host 2 more Open Days. You can come visit us on Tuesday February 28th and on Saturday March 18th. No registration needed! These Open Days are the perfect opportunity to get to know us a little better! During this day […]
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Competitions

Creative Production Competition – Results

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winner of our 2016 ‘Brika – Gold’ remix contest. First of all, a huge thank you to each and everyone of you who entered the competition. We really appreciate the time, effort and energy you put into remixing the track. It’s truly inspiring to hear how much talent […]
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Events

Masterclass Low End Theory

Mastering engineer, producer and composer Seth Drake is coming to visit us at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, and will be doing a seminar on August 13th 2016!
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Production Techniques

How to get your remix started

Our Creative Production Competition of Brika’s – ‘Gold’ – record is in full swing, and it’s your chance to put your own spin on this richly melodic track! The big winner not only gets an Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo audio interface, but also a day in the studio with mix engineer Ronald Prent. Are you however […]
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Gear

Neve 2254

We thought it was time to look at another classic compressor/limiter in our arsenal. And so, we decided to take an in-depth look into the Neve 2254. History In the late 60’s, David Rees worked alongside Rupert Neve as a design engineer. David had worked for BBC previously and allegedly had first come up with […]
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Creative Production Competition

Thank you all for your remix submissions, we’re currently reviewing everything and will keep you posted on the results. Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, Sonic City Studios & Interface presents Remix Contest Brika – ‘Gold’ – produced by Julio Reyes Copello Win a Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo audio interface Ever wanted to look inside the […]
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Practice Mixing Techniques

We have received an incredible response to our mix competition during Muzikantendag last Saturday at Q-Factory Amsterdam. So we decided to put the mixer online for everyone to use! We tweaked it a little here and there and added some more features, but the principles remain the same. Basically we created a widget that allows […]
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Gear

Vox AC30

This week, we will talk about one of the most iconic and well-known guitar amps, the vintage Vox AC30. By listening to Brian May (Queen) or The Edge (U2), you can quickly identify the sound of the Vox AC30, which has turned into a very recognisable signature sound for many artists. John Lennon used a […]
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Gear

The 1176

It’s time for our second article! And for this one we decided to have an in-depth look into one of the most iconic compressors/limiters used in music production, the 1176. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a cool interactive unit that you can play around with while listening to music. History Bill Putnam […]
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Approach towards mixing… Do you feel it?

For our first article, we asked a dear friend of ours to share some of his knowledge with us. Emiliano Caballero recently got the opportunity to move from being music studio supervisor at Galaxy Studios in Belgium to moving to the big Apple and becoming Michael Brauer’s assistant at Electric Lady Studios in New York. […]
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