We’ve handpicked industry experts and academics from all areas of the recording and music business. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise, skills and insider knowledge. Their roles range from engineers, producers and musicians to A&R, marketing and management. They include multiple Grammy and other regional award winners. Please meet the team behind our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering.
For most Al Schmitt needs no introduction, he is an accomplished and legendary engineer and producer who has spent his life working closely with the “Greats” of music for over five decades.
During his career, Schmitt has recorded and mixed more than 150 gold and platinum albums. With 22 Grammy’s, he has won more than any other engineer or mixer. In 2014, Schmitt was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which recognises his contribution to the music industry.
Scanning Al Schmitt’s discography-which takes a long time, by the way-it’s tough to settle on a singular high point. That’s because Schmitt’s decades of award-winning work read like a trip through musical history. Up one aisle you’ll find Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Miles Davis; up another you’ll bump into Jefferson Airplane, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Steely Dan. Round a corner and you’ll encounter Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Madonna, and Quincy Jones mingling with Michael Jackson, Diana Krall, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, and Michael Buble.
We were truly honoured to have Al Schmitt over in April 2018 to record a jazz band and give mix critique to our students!
Bob Katz is an American audio mastering engineer who is known for his influential textbook Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science. Katz has mastered three GRAMMY® Award-winning albums and one nominated album. He is one of the most respected mastering engineers in the business.
Katz taught at the Institute of Audio Research in the late seventies. He joined Chesky Records in 1988 and began recording jazz and classical artists there, as well as producing oversampled commercial recordings. In the early nineties, he founded an audio mastering company called Digital Domain Mastering, where he continues to work. Since a few years Katz has a regular blog – Katz’s Corner – on the headphone enthusiast site InnerFidelity.
Through the years Katz has received high critical acclaim from audiophiles and so did his book on mastering. Some reviewers consider it the definitive work on mastering. He has also invented a proprietary technology called K-Stereo and K-Surround. These processes are designed to recover lost or amplify hidden ambience, space and imaging, and generate stereo from mono signals without adding artificial reverberation.
Throughout the year, we select 10 student mixes that we send to Bob. Then Bob gives his feedback for each student in an interactive Skype session. We are immensely grateful to be able to learn from Bob’s amazing wealth of wisdom.
Jef Martens – better known by his stage name Basto – is a Belgian record producer, musician and DJ. He is signed to the ARS label and primarily produces electro house music. Jef produced using various aliases such as Bitch Boys, Candyman, Felix Project, and Lazy Jay. He was also a member of the Belgian dance group Lasgo and co-produced with the band in 2009 and 2010 on a number of singles.
Jef is best known for producing the Azealia Banks’ hit debut single “212” under the alias of Lazy Jay. He also produced “Scream & Shout” for will.i.am and Britney Spears in 2012.
David Miles Huber is a Grammy® nominated, American composer and producer. His work focuses on the downtempo, ambient and dance genres. He received his degree in music technology from Indiana University (I.M.P.), and was the first American to be admitted into the Tonmeister program at the University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, England.
Huber is also the author of numerous books on recording and electronic music. His CD series Relaxation and Meditation with Music and Nature has sold over one million copies. His latest music and collaborations are available through the 51bpm independent record label. Huber’s most prominent book Modern Recording Techniques was sold over 250,000 copies and became a standard recording industry text.
Andrew Dudman works as a senior recording engineer for Abbey Road Studios. He joined the engineering department as part of The Tonmeister degree course at the University of Surrey. He returned to the studios full-time with a BMus (Hons) Music and Sound Recording degree.
As an Engineer, Andrew has worked on many musicals, production library music and a wide range of computer game. He also does pop projects (Professor Green, Robbie Williams, Underworld, Elbow) as well as classical recordings both in the Studios and on the road with Abbey Road’s Mobile Unit.
In 2014, Andrew has been awarded the Pro Sound News – Engineer of the Year. Notably, he worked as Score Editor on the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, winning an MPSE Award for Fellowship of the Ring. He then received nominations for the same award for the Two Towers and Return of the King.
Being part of the team of Abbey Road Studios, Andrew is one of the guest speakers at the Amsterdam Institute.
As a teenager Paul played guitar in bands in and around his hometown of Bristol and this introduced him to the art of recording. He saved up for a four track cassette recorder and has never looked back. In 2007 Paul joined Abbey Road in a placement scheme from the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. After graduating in 2009, Paul was invited to become a permanent fixture at Abbey Road Studios.
Since then Paul has worked as an assistant / pro tools engineer on a great number of projects across a wide range of genres. His credits include pop and rock sessions with, the Arctic Monkeys, Chas and Dave, Sting, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Sigur Ros, Take That, Birdy, Elbow. He has also done live studio sessions with Paolo Nutini, Alt J, Blondie; film music sessions for Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Les Mis, Unbroken, San Andreas; and classical sessions with Villazon/Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Paul is also a sound engineer in his own right, recording the late great Jack Bruce’s album ‘silver Rails’ and Co engineering Kylie’s ‘The Abbey Road sessions’.
Welcome to our Abbey Road Institute academic team. Here you’ll find more information about our regular lecturers and visiting industry experts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute“
From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.