The Gear At Abbey Road

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Obviously, there’s an incredible amount of gear at Abbey Road and even more in storage. To give you a complete rundown would take half the magazine, so here’s a selection…


gear at abbey road

Instruments (available to all studios)

  • Challen Studio piano
  • Hammond Organ B3 and RT3
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard, ES-335, EB Bass and Studio EC Acoustic
  • Goldenvoice keyboard
  • Korg Oasys and M1
  • Marshall Bluesbreaker and JVM205C
  • M-Audio Keystation 88
  • Schiedmayer Celesta
  • Steinway piano
  • Steinway upright ‘Mrs Mills’ piano (used on The Beatles’ Lady Madonna, She’s A Woman, I Want To Tell You, Penny Lane, Rocky Raccoon and With A Little Help From My Friends)
  • Yamaha Disklavier Enspire DC5

Studio 1 – Control room

  • Avid Pro Tools HDX
  • AMS NEVE 88RS – 72-channel console
  • Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 800D monitors with Classé Audio amplification
  • 6x Yamaha NS10M

Outboard:

  • Lexicon 480L and 224X
  • GML 8200 EQ
  • dbx 120XP Subharmonic Synthesizer
  • Focusrite RED 3 stereo compressor

Studio 2 – Control room

  • Avid Pro Tools HDX
  • AMS NEVE 88RS – 60-channel console
  • Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 801 monitors with Classé Audio amplification

Outboard:

  • Lexicon 480L and 224X
  • TC Electronic M5000
  • AMS DMX 15-80S delay and RMX 16
  • Avalon Vt-737sp channel strip
  • Prism MEA-2 EQ
  • GML 8200 EQ
  • 2x Pultec EQP 1A valve EQs
  • 2x dbx 902 de-essers
  • 2x Drawmer DS201 dual noise gates
  • SSL FX-G384 compressor
  • Chiswick Reach valve compressor
  • Manley Stereo Variable Mu Compressor
  • Teletronix LA-2A compressor
  • 2x UREI 1176LN compressors
  • Fairchild 660 valve compressor
  • Neve 33609/J StereoLimiter/Compressor
  • Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
  • 2x EMI TG12412 EQ modules, TG12413 limiter modules and TG12414 filter modules

Studio 3 – Control room

  • Avid Pro Tools HDX
  • SSL 9000J – 96-channel console
  • Quested Q412 System and Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 800D monitors with Classé Audio amplification

Outboard:

  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • TL Audio Dual Valve preamp and compressor, EQ-2 parametric EQ and N1 EQ
  • Tube-Tech CL 1B compressor and Stereo Valve LCA 2B
  • 5x Urei 1176LN limiters, 1x 1178 Stereo Limiter and 1x LA-4 Compressor/Limiter
  • 36x AMS Neve Montserrat mic preamps, 12x 1081 mic preamps
  • API four-channel EQ with 550b modules
  • 2x Avalon M2, 2x M5 mic preamps, 2x VT-737sp channel strips, 2x Award-Session Sessionmaster preamps
  • 6x Behringer SNR2000 Denoisers
  • Chandler Channel
  • 2x Chandler Germanium Pre Amp/DIs
  • 8x dbx 120A Subharmonic Synthesizers and 2x dbx 120 XP Subharmonic Synthesizers
  • dbx 760x mic preamp
  • 3x EMI TG12412 EQs, 2x TG12416 Spreaders, 1x RS56 Universal Tone Control (Curve Bender)
  • Focusrite ISA 215 Dual Mono mic preamp and EQ and Platinum VoiceMaster mic preamp/EQ/dyn
  • 2x GML 8300 mic preamps
  • 5x Klark Technik DN27 Graphic EQs
  • Mutronics Mutator
  • Neve 33115 EQ
  • 2x Pultec EQP-1A EQs
  • Revolution mic preamp
  • Ridge Farm preamp
  • Summit Audio Dual Tube preamp TPA-200A
  • 2x TC Electronic 1128 28-band graphic EQs
  • Urei 545 EQ

The Gatehouse Studio





  • Avid Pro Tools HDX2v
  • Apple Logic X
  • Ableton Live
  • An extensive range of plug-ins
  • Apogee AD/DA
  • AMS Neve 16-fader BCM10/2 Mk2
  • Focal SM 9 monitoring
  • Various Chandler, Neve, API, UA and Bricasti outboard

The Front Room





  • Avid ProTools HDX2
  • Apple Logic X
  • Ableton Live
  • An extensive range of plug-ins
  • Apogee AD/DA
  • SSL 24-fader Duality Delta console
  • ATC SCM25A monitoring
  • Various Chandler, Neve, API, UA and Bricasti outboard

The Penthouse





  • Avid Pro Tools HDX
  • Avid S6 mixing console
  • Bower & Wilkins 800D monitors and Classé Audio amplification

Outboard:

  • Lexicon 960L, 480L and 224X
  • 2x TC Electronic M5000s
  • Eventide DSP4000
  • Sintefex Replicator
  • Focusrite ISA-215 mic preamp and EQ and RED 3 stereo compressor
  • 2x dbx 120A Subharmonic Synthesizers and 902 de-essers

The Mix Stage





  • 5x Playback systems:
  • 1x HDX3 192-channel Pro Tools system
  • 4x HDX2 128-channel Pro Tools systems
  • 2x Recorders: HDX3 192-channel Pro Tools systems
  • Dynaudio M3F speaker system providing Dolby Atmos Monitoring and IMAX mixing capability
  • AMS Neve DFC 3D Gemini Digital mixing console
  • Avid S6 M40 with 32 faders (up to 40 faders in dual mode)
  • 4K Digital cinema projection: Christie CP4220
  • Video Playback: Pro Tools HDX with AJA Kona 12G
  • IHSE KVM over IP system for all workstations plus Grace Design headphone monitoring
  • 4x Bricasti M7 Stereo Reverb processors
  • 1x TC Electronic 6000 MKII Reverb
  • 2x dbx 120 Subharmonic Synthesizer
  • 1x Cedar DNS 1500 Dialogue Noise Suppressor
  • RTW TM9 TouchMonitor Metering

Floating Equipment (available to all studios)

Abbey Road has a list of ‘floating equipment’ not assigned to any studio. It covers a huge list of gear from all eras, including loads of digital outboard, synths (Moogs, Nords etc), classic Lexicon gear, Roland Space and Chorus Echos. There are nine spare Pro Tools Systems (in case it gets busy) and over 20 sets of monitors from the likes of Adam, Genelec, Yamaha, KRK and ATC (in case it gets really busy). Plus enough cabling to wire up Glastonbury six times over…


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