via Rolling Stone
Abbey Road Studios in London has launched an online service in which users can pay to upload tracks to be mixed by engineers at the studio made famous by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. Prices for mixing will start around $800 for recordings with up to 24 tracks and $1,200 for up to 48 tracks. The studio will also offer mastering services for $140 per track.
Though artists using the service will get the prestige of working with Abbey Road engineers, they will not be working directly with engineers in real time. Accordingly, musicians will be required to provide a great deal of information and instruction along with their tracks.
A few years ago another fairly prestigious studio opened up its doors to the public for a mixing and mastering here in Canada. After having a number of friends deal with the studio, they’ve reported that, while their experience was good, they were pretty sure underlings were the ones doing the mixing and mastering, not the big wigs that had made the name for the studio. I wonder if that’s what will happen at Abbey Road too?
Either way it will definitely add some clout to your album if you’re trying to shop it around. At least until everyone starts using Abbey Road. If anyone tries this please send us some mixes and let us know about our experience.
Get more info from Abbey Road here.