Abbey Road Studios Launches Online Mastering Service

Film Music Magazine • July 8, 2009

Legendary recording studio Abbey Road Studios, is opening its doors to musicians and producers worldwide this month with the launch of its online mastering service. Available at , the new service offers the opportunity to have recordings mastered by Abbey Road Studios’ engineers in their mastering suites. The online mastering service will operate on a cost per track basis for mastering with a fixed price per format for vinyl masters, making it easier to calculate mastering costs within a fixed budget. Final delivery will take a maximum of five working days beginning from point of purchase.

After creating a user account at, 2GB of audio can be uploaded onto a secure server where products and services can be selected as required before making payment. Files for upload have to be uncompressed stereo WAV or AIFF files, with a bit depth of 16 or 24 bits and a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz.and upwards.

Abbey Road Online Mastering work will be carried out in its mastering rooms which house a varied range of classic analogue equipment and digital hardware and software technologies, including the original EMI TG mastering consoles with the SADiE 5 PCM8 digital audio workstation. The Studios are all also equipped with Neumann cutting lathes for vinyl, Meyer and B&W main monitoring, Benchmark A/D/A’s, outboard from the likes of Prism, Weiss, Junger, SPL and TC Electronics and an extensive range of the CEDAR software plug-ins.

Once the tracks have been mastered, users will receive notification that they are ready for download via email and a message through their Abbey Road Online Mastering home page with tracks available for download for one calendar month. Abbey Road will also provide a reference for listening purposes and the finished master either as a WAV, downloadable DDP Image File or an audio PMCD. Vinyl will be provided in the format requested which can either be 7″ single, 12″ single or LP album. Additional copies can be produced on CD or Vinyl format.

Jonathan Smith, General Manager, Abbey Road Studios, said: “We are delighted to launch our online mastering service and offer the expertise of our engineers to producers and musicians anywhere in the world. Abbey Road Studios is dedicated to inspiring great new music and we see this as a fantastic opportunity to make that Abbey Road sound available to emerging talent whilst continuing our tradition for innovation within music technology.”

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By Tom Foolry on June 5th, 2012 at 7:27 am

That’s really cool! I didn’t even know that there were services that did online mastering! That must make it much easier, especially when transferring the music back and forth. I think I’ll have to look into this even more!

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