Abbey Road Studios is undoubtedly one of the most famous and respected music recording facilities in the world. Over the last 80 years, across all genres of music, the studio has been at the forefront of adopting the latest recording technologies.
MediaPros recently supplied them with twelve new Avid Pro Tools|HDX and two Pro Tools|HD Native systems. We spoke to Simon Campbell, Abbey Road’s Technical Manager about the recent installs and on how the new technology is performing in one of the most high-pressure operating environments in the music recording industry.
Q) Abbey Road have just installed twelve new Avid Pro Tools|HDX and two Pro Tools|HD Native systems, how are they being used within the studios?
A) The new HDX systems are being used throughout the studios’ recording, mixing and mastering facilities wherever required and have so far handled everything we’ve needed to do with them. One of the Native systems has been installed in a recently refurbished facility here, ‘Studio 52’, where amongst other projects we have also carried out some of our Online Mixing sessions, information for which can be found on the Abbey Road website.
Q) How did the installs of the new Pro Tools|HDX systems go and did you run into any technical issues?
A) The installations went very well, the Pro Tools experts within the technical team here handled the installs while Andy and Yan at MediaPros were very helpful whenever any questions arose.
Q) How are the new HDX systems performing now they are installed?
A) Here at Abbey Road our engineer colleagues have always pushed the DAW systems to their limits, so far we have been very impressed with the new Pro Tools|HDX and it’s ability to achieve amazingly high track counts and almost unlimited DSP.
Q) You’ve also installed multiples of the new Avid HD I/O audio interfaces with the HDX and Native systems, do you have any comments on how these compare with other interfaces you use within the studios?
A) The Avid HD I/O interfaces have performed very well and compare favourably with the other interfaces we use at Abbey Road, the HD I/O MADI units in particular have proved very useful in interfacing to the AMS Neve DFC Gemini console we have in our Penthouse Suite.