ADE 2019 at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam

Last year, ADE reached the magical 400,000 visitors mark, with people from more than 100 countries. Now we can confidently claim that Amsterdam is truly the beating heart of the worldwide music industry during ADE!

Abbey Road Institute is this year again part of the conference workshop and masterclass program. Below you will find the full ADE program at ARI Amsterdam. Give it a check. We love having you here! 4 DAYS OF ADE AT ABBEY ROAD INSTITUTE.

Please note: the deadline for submitting your tracks for the feedback sessions is Tuesday the 14th of October.

Free, invite and tickets

The Masterclasses on Thursday and Friday are open to everyone.
The Feedback Sessions on Friday are ‘invite-only’. Submit your track before the 14th of October and receive your invite.
The Conference Day on Saturday are tickets only. You’ll find ticket links in the descriptions below.


Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam & Sonic City Studios & Spinnin’ Records present

Spinnin’ Academy
Timetable: Wednesday October 16th 2019 // 14:00 – 18:00

TICKETS: join the contest and win an invite

On Wednesday, October 16th, we are teaming up with Spinnin’ Records for their yearly organised Spinnin’ Academy. During ADE, Spinnin’ Academy is the place to be for producers who want to broaden their skillset in producing and their knowledge of the music industry.

Studio 1: 
14:00 – 15:00   Trobi – On The Beat
15:30 – 16:30   Mingue – How to create a song that will stick in your head for the next few days
17:00 – 18:00   Jack Wins – How to remix the biggest artists in the world


Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam presents:


Masterclass: Sample this! & STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.
Timetable: Thursday 17 Oct. 2019 // 14:00 – 15:00

Tickets: Free entrance

Are you using samples in your music? If so, hear us out for a moment.You are allowed to sample up to 6 seconds or 1 bar of a song for your productions. And as long as you don’t make money with your music, it’s ok to sample. True or false?

If you believe these statements are correct, it’s worth visiting this masterclass by Bindu De Knock from Crosslink Legal. Besides being an art form within the electronic, hip hop, bass and many other scenes, sampling remains surrounded by legal implications. With the recent outcomes of the (in)famous Kraftwerk case by the European Court of Justice, it’s essential to shed some light on the topic of sampling again. And Bindu De Knock is the right person for the job.

De Knock is quite extraordinary in her field, being an attorney at law, musician, engineer, book author, speaker and business mind. Contract negotiation is one of her specialities, and during this masterclass, she’ll be sharing some valuable insights with you and will give you practical examples. What is allowed in sampling? How do you clear the correct rights for the use of a sample? How do you negotiate sample clearance? What are the pitfalls? And what about samples obtained from Splice? Many questions about sampling will be answered. Sample this! And stay out of trouble. This masterclass is for all you sample artists out there.


Timetable: Thursday 17 Oct. 2019 // 16.00 – 17.15

Tickets: Free entrance

Learn some cool tricks from producer, engineer and Abbey Road Institute lecturer, Nick Ribbens. By deconstructing one of his Top40 collaboration tracks, he will demonstrate what his approach is to writing, producing and mixing. Nick will walk you through his process of creative decisions making.

Nick Ribbens is a songwriter, producer and mix engineer from Dutch origin. He started his music career as a drummer at a reasonably young age, playing with various bands and artists. Eventually, Nick moved on to working full-time on writing, producing and mixing projects for Sony, Universal and Cloud9. Recent projects he has been involved in are Top40 hits with BLØF, Ed Struijlaart, Barrett Crake and Rondé.

In his workflow, Nick prefers combining both digital and analog equipment and has a particular interest for old skool (toy) keyboards from the ’80s. Besides being locked up in studios, Nick has also embarked on multi-city tours as a DJ throughout China.

Friday 18 OCT. 2019

Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam presents:

ADE feedback sessions

The ADE-Feedback Sessions
Timetable: Friday 18 Oct. 2019 // 11:00 – 13:30


If you want to improve, you have to ask for feedback. Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam is once again going to offer a series of feedback sessions! During these sessions, music industry professionals help and guide new and upcoming artists by giving them constructive feedback on their music productions.

This year’s panel will include Abbey Road Studio’s mastering engineer/artist manager Christian Wright and producer/engineer Nick Ribbens, who will give their input on the creative- and technical side of your music, as well as on the potential of the artist on an A&R-point of view.
What you have to do? Submit your track before the 14th of October to get selected for your personal feedback session of 15 minutes.

CHRISTIAN WRIGHT ADE 2019 Masterclass Christian Wright: DIRECT TO VINYL mastering
Timetable: Friday 18 Oct. 2019 // 14:30 – 15:30

Tickets: Free entrance

For this edition of our ADE masterclasses, we’ve invited an exceptional guest: Mastering engineer Christian Wright! Wright is the mastering engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London and has mastered award-winning No.1 albums and film soundtracks.

Using a combination of analogue gear with advanced digital software, Christian has mastered tracks by some of the world’s best-known artists including LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Coldplay, Bryan Ferry, Swedish House Mafia and has cut vinyl for Massive Attack, Arcade Fire, Ella Fitzgerald and beyond. During his ADE masterclass, Wright will talk about mastering with a particular focus on Direct to Vinyl sessions.

What makes Direct to Vinyl so special, what’s his approach to mastering, and how does that work with partnerships? He’ll be sharing valuable tips & tricks, showing some great videos and other exclusive examples. It’s going to be quite an experience, with limited places available, and full = full. So make sure to plan your visit accordingly!

Saturday 19 OCT. 2019

Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam & Sonic City Studios & Revealed Recordings present

Revealed Day Conference
Timetable: Saturday October 19th 2019 // 12:00 – 18:00


Third time’s a charm! On Saturday, October 19th, Revealed Recordings will be back with the yearly organised Revealed Day Conference during ADE. On this day, you will have a unique chance to step into the world of Revealed Recordings.

MORE INFO & TICKETS:  Day (All Ages) ➡️

Studio 1: Hardwell Remix Contest
Join the Hardwell Remix Contest session! Pre-registration is mandatory due to limited capacity. Remix Hardwell and get a chance for an official release. The best idea will be selected after 1,5 hours! More info on our Facebook Event Page.

Live Room: How to create the next Gemstone Records hit by LMG Outfly Music Group
LMG Outfly Music Group is back on the Revealed Day Conference! Register now for the exclusive Live Session on how to create the next Gemstone Records hit. Learn everything about songwriting, creativity and how they work! More info on our Facebook Event Page.

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