We’re proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced teaching team, led by Programme Director, Robin Reumers. We hand pick experts and professionals from industry, who bring to the course a wide range of different skills and expertise to support the breadth of learning our students graduate with.
Alongside our core team of regular lecturers we invite in specialists who have worked with musicians and artists of all genres from the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rihanna, Little Simz, Will.I.Am, Sia and Alicia Keys to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bonobo, De La Soul to London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and many, many more.
Our team of industry experts and visiting lecturers include multiple Grammy, Mercury Music Prize and Oscar winners.
Director of Education & engineer
Robin Reumers is an audio engineer and the Director of Education for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering in Amsterdam. After receiving his diploma in audio engineering, he immediately left for an traineeship in the U.S., and soon became the right hand of respected mastering engineer Bob Katz. He ended up working there for 3 years after which he moved back to Europe.
Prior to joining Abbey Road Institute, Robin was working as CTO at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. For 7 years he was responsible for the expansion of the studios and the technical maintenance in an increasingly digital world. He managed to keep Galaxy Studios cutting edge, in part thanks to the invention of the new Auro-3D format. Simultaneously Robin has been working in audio education for over 5 years. Nowadays he is also director and product developer at his own plug-in company Leapwing Audio and chief engineer at Sonic City Studios.
Producer, engineer & musician
MarcoAntonio Spaventi is a musician, producer and audio engineer from Rome, Italy. After graduating in electronic engineering in Rome, he moved to Amsterdam. He spent the following years teaching and growing his technical skills in the studio and on stage.
Nowadays Marco is a full time producer and audio engineer in mixing, mastering, post production and sound design for picture. He works for several clients worldwide and regularly plays live gigs as MaSpaventi. He also lectures Ableton, Synthesis and Sampling at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam.
Given his background as a musician, Marco collects the best in vintage and modern synthesisers and drum machines, such as a Fender Rhodes and several modules in the eurorack format. His studio is part of the Nachtlab complex, is professionally tuned and is provided by high definition and full range PMC speakers. He works everyday with top gear, the best in both the analogue and digital world.
Recording & mix engineer
Ronald Prent started out at Wisseloord in 1980 as an inexperienced assistant and has since established himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative recording & mix engineers in the world. At Abbey Road Institute, Ronald teaches mixing and advanced recording techniques.
He specialises in surround sound, pioneering in mixing and playing a key role in the development of new technology used in progressive high-resolution formats. In the early years of surround audio development, Ronald was a “test pilot” for Sony and Philips’ DSD/SACD format. Many of the projects that he mixed in those days are still held up as benchmark examples of creative surround mixing. API’s flagship ‘Vision’ console which features simultaneous stereo and surround mixing capability, and SPL’s benchmark MMC1 multi-channel mastering console are two examples of technological excellence stemming from Ronald’s original and practical ideas.
His long list of clients includes notable artists such as Simple Minds, Rammstein, The Scorpions, Mink DeVille, Richie Hawtin, Udo Lindenberg, Gotthard, Tina Turner, Ilse DeLange, Live, Within Temptation, Herbert Grönemeyer, Clouseau, Lori Lieberman, Manowar, Alain Clark, and Peter Maffay.
Darcy Proper is a successful sound engineer and a role model for many within the industry. Darcy graduated with honours from NYU’s Music Technology programme and began her career at Sony Classical Productions and Sony Music Studios in New York City. After twenty years in the big city, she made the jump to Europe, accepting a position as Senior Mastering Engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. In 2010, Darcy became part of the team of adventurers dedicated to the revival of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. where she currently bases her work as a mastering engineer.
Over the years, Darcy has been honoured with 3 Grammy awards and 9 nominations and has won several other awards for her work. Alongside her mastering work, she also lectures at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam.
She has had the pleasure of mastering historical reissue projects for such prestigious artists as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dave Brubeck, and Johnny Cash. She has also worked on stereo and 5.1 front-line releases for many talented artists including The Eagles, Ilse DeLange, Donald Fagen, Anouk, Porcupine Tree, Clouseau, Peter Maffay, Patricia Barber, Alain Clark, Jane Ira Bloom, Marcus Miller, Jef Neve, Ozark Henry.
Musician, producer & recording engineer
Tobias Hess is a musician, music producer and audio engineer from Germany. After initiating his universal education as a classical guitar soloist in Berlin, he moved to Detmold to continue his guitar studies. Furthermore, Tobias started studying at the Erich-Thienhaus-Institute as a “Tonmeister”, which marked the start of his career as a music producer. Throughout his studies, he achieved multiple first prizes at international student competitions (such as AES and VdT) for his works as a sound engineer and producer.
During his freelance activities and 1-year employment at the renowned Galaxy Studios in Belgium, Tobias deepened his interests. He started blending classical orchestral instruments into modern music styles such as pop and film music. And since 2012 he has worked on over 60 scores for film, television and games as a music editor and engineer.
Currently, Tobias is mostly freelancing as a music producer and is focusing on his own musical projects. He lives in West-Germany at an international renowned concert venue (www.redhorndistrict.de). He is partly running the venue and working there as a in-house sound engineer. Besides all of that, he also teaches music theory at Abbey Road Institute.
Producer, engineer & musician
Emiliano Caballero started out his engineering career at Galaxy Studios in Belgium, where he worked with artists like George McCrae, Clint Mansell and David Miles Huber. Shortly after, he moved to NYC to work as an assistant engineer at Electric Lady Studios. During his time there, he worked with artists such as Bon Jovi, Foy Vance, Elle King and Michael Kiwanuka.
Emiliano is currently a freelance producer & engineer, working between New York City, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. At Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, he teaches compression, EQ, effects as well as microphones.
Engineer & musician
Nowadays Robin has his own mixing and mastering room where he works on various projects. He is a regular lecturer at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, teaching the history of production.
Songwriter & producer
Nick Ribbens started out as a drummer when he was 13. He studied drums at the Herman Brood Academy and graduated in 2013. After a short-lived career studying Composition & Music Production at the HKU, Nick moved on to working full-time as a co-/ghost producer & songwriter. Since then Nick has been steadily building his resume, working as a sound designer for VR-experiences and games. He also partnered up with EDM.com for his own projects INSTATIC & Giraff, and works on productions for Sony, Universal, and Cloud9. Besides being locked up in studios, Nick has embarked on multi-city tours as a DJ throughout China in 2016.
Producer & engineer
Huub Reijnders is an award-winning producer and mix engineer, who has worked with artists like Bløf, Acda & De Munnik, Jett Rebel, 3 Doors Down, Damian Marley, 50 Cent, U2, The Scorpions, The Kaiser Chiefs.
While enrolled in the music production program at Rotterdam Conservatory, Huub took an internship position at Wisseloord and worked his way up the ladder to assistant/in-house engineer.
Huub’s big break came in 2005 as engineer on Krezip’s hit-packed album “What Are You Waiting For.” His career as a free-lance engineer took off, and he worked in several studios in Belgium and Holland. He then settled into a room of his own, first in a postproduction facility, and later in Studio Zeezicht. In 2014, Huub had the opportunity to take on a room in the production wing at Wisseloord. Nowadays Huub works most of the time in his own studio in Haarlem.
At Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, Huub teaches production, mixing and recording classes.
By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?
Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.
When you come here, it’s all about being eager to learn, put in the time, and believe in what you do. Hard work pays off.
There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!
On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.