Abbey Road Studios has expanded its mastering facilities, adding former Metropolis mastering engineer Miles Showell (Jessie J, Eric Clapton, Faithless) to its roster. Showell, pictured left with Abbey Road engineer Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Oasis, Primal Scream), will take up residency in a new suite developed by the studio’s in-house technical department. The expansion represents a significant investment following Universal Music’s purchase of the studios as part of last year’s EMI deal. Acoustician Nick Whittaker and Miloco Builds collaborated with the studio on the design and build of the room, which included a substantial reconstruction of the floated space to improve isolation and acoustic treatments throughout. The new suite features two SADiE 6 systems, with outboard gear including a highly coveted custom-made Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor as well as units from Manley, Prism Sound, Waves, Avalon and GML. Monitoring is provided by Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 801 and PMC AML2 loudspeakers. The studio’s famous EMI TG modules are available on request. In addition to attended mastering sessions in Room 30, both Showell and Arkwright, can now be booked for online projects via the new ‘named engineer’ feature on Abbey Road’s online mastering website. Lucy Launder, head of mastering and post production at Abbey Road Studios, commented: “We’re delighted to be expanding our facilities, team and services. We look forward to working on projects of all sizes in this fantastic new room.” www.abbeyroad.com
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