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Meet John Barrett, a senior recordist at Abbey Road. John has been at the studio since 2005 and is part of a team of in-house engineers at the facility. He has an enormous range of experience working on albums, film, TV and video-game scores, and working with live recordings at the studio. MusicTech sits down for insight into his wide-ranging and fascinating job…

MusicTech How did you first get into recording?

John Barrett As a kid, I’d played in bands and had access through the school to a dodgy old four-track and a couple of dynamic mics. You’d bounce it down to one track and think it’s amazing, because you could then record another track. I was doing things like distorting the mic pres to sound like Joe Meek and from there, I decided I liked the recording side of things, rather than playing. I was lucky to be part of the first generation that had access to computers for music making and my dad was into it, too. He had a Korg synth and Cubase, so he got me a sound card, then I got a Mackie desk, the usual sort of thing.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale from Thursday 17th August and we’re honoured to be the first magazine to present a feature on the brand new studio facilities at the legendary Abbey Road studios: The Gatehouse and the Penthouse. To mark this occasion we bring you a giant Abbey Road special, featuring a studio tour, a COMPLETE gear list, an interview with iconic producer John Leckie (who begun his career at AR) as well as hands on tutorials designed to show you how to re-create the Abbey Road sound at home! We’ve also got a disc packed with Abbey Road related video content for you to feast your eyes on. Elsewhere this issue we have features looking at the history of the Korg MonoPoly, 6 ways to cheat at making music as well as our usual plethora of reviews including the Pioneer Toraiz AS-1 and Novation Circuit 1.5 and a wide range of tutorial content.