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.
I’m very curious about this. You could be right, it could be there “B” guys and galls doing the mixing and not the Pro ones. and I’m also curious if those pricing for mixing was per song or per album? 800 Dollars per song isn’t much of deal for 24 tracks. Infact, even the 1200 dolalrs per song for 48 tracks if it is per song, is quite high for even The Pro rates for studios across Canada. Metalworks, Greenhouse, The Warehouse those are pretty standard rates for them.
Its a sign of the times, if the biggest studio in History is opening its doors to any Joe Shmoe it can get. The studio has been rumored to be for sale from its parent company EMI for years now. This could be a quick cash grab for it or it could be a cool way the studio to get experience for its up and coming engineers. Either way, if i had the 1200 dollars to blow i’d get a track mixed just to say so 😉
Good to know about the other studios JPalm. And def we agree with you that the Abbey Road stamp could be pretty cool to have.