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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sept 17 > GET THE CLASSIC ABBEY ROAD SOUND


London’s Abbey Road has added its legendary aura to some of pop music’s all-time classic records. Here, John Pickford shows you how to use Chandler hardware to authentically recreate the studios’ sonic identity for yourself…


Abbey Road’s Studio 1 Control Room

Abbey Road Studios is arguably the most famous recording facility in the world. When, in 1969, the biggest band on the planet – The Beatles – decided to name their final recorded album after the studio that had been their creative workplace for seven years, its place in the public consciousness was assured.

Much has been written about the studio’s supposedly staid attitude towards pop recording in the 1960s, with producers required to wear jackets and ties, while the engineers identified themselves by the colour of their overalls – white for the recording staff and brown for the technical and maintenance crew.

While this formal atmosphere did exist for a number of years, an appetite for innovation was always present and actively encouraged. Indeed, in November 1962 – one month after the release of the first Beatles single – senior engineer Len Page sent an internal memo urging: “Much more attention should be given to the production of gimmicks and special effects, especially for ‘pop’ recording.”

Page was the man responsible for the development of EMI’s REDD series of mixing consoles and the REDD.51 was key to the creation of the classic Abbey Road sound of the 1960s. For decades, engineers craved the almost impossible opportunity to achieve this sound, but without success. Nowadays, however, that classic Abbey Road sound can be achieved, both with authentic valve-driven hardware and painstakingly crafted software.

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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.