Knoxville, TN (July 10, 2019)—Waves Audio has released its new Abbey Road Studio 3 plug-in, created in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios.
Using Waves’ Nx immersive audio technology, the plug-in recreates the acoustic response of Abbey Road Studio 3, the facility’s flagship mix room, for immersive use on headphones, allowing users to hear and mix their own work in a virtual recreation of the mix room that has been used to mix the likes of Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, the Beatles, Pink Floyd Frank Ocean, Florence + the Machine and others.
Powered by Waves’ Nx technology for immersive 3D audio, plug-in users will reportedly be able to hear the same clarity of stereo and surround image, and accurate sustain via a pair of headphones. The plug’s designers suggest it can be used for predicting how headphone mixes will translate to speaker systems of all types and likewise help users mix the low end on headphones.
In addition, it also provides 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, modeled after the studio’s original surround setup, allowing users to mix for surround on a pair of typical stereo headphones. As a result, users can mix in the virtual space whether they’re in a proper mix facility or on the road, and similarly, multiple users with the same plug-in can send mixes back and forth that can all be heard in the same common mix space.
“Abbey Road has historically been very protective of the acoustic properties of its studios for software emulations, and the Studio 3 control room is no exception,” said Mirek Stiles, head of Audio Products at Abbey Road. “After speaking with Yoni Zlotkin (Waves product manager) and the Waves team at length over many months, I began to feel more confident these guys had some groundbreaking theories on how such a sensitive task could be realized. Not everything worked first time and we went back to the drawing board on a few occasions. Our breakthrough moment was when Giles Martin came into the Studio 3 control room with some Universal Music executives and we did a playback. The positive reaction from all in the room was immediate and confirmed our suspicions we had created something special and unique. This plugin was probably the most challenging yet and I’m extremely grateful to the Abbey Road engineers for their feedback and input, and to the talented, resilient and patient team at Waves Audio. I hope this plugin inspires music creators worldwide to realize their visions with more confidence than ever before.”
Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, comments, “The Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 marks a pivotal point in the prolific cooperation between Waves Audio and Abbey Road, which began in 2011. This plugin is not only a technical breakthrough, it faithfully mirrors Waves’ ongoing commitment to serve our user base, by offering them tools that augment and enrich their workflow and especially their creative options. With the Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin, we have managed to overcome a common yet critical missing factor for many engineers, producers and musicians: not only the ability to obtain a professional-sounding work environment, but easy and affordable access to one of the best-sounding rooms in the world.”
Abbey Road Studios • www.abbeyroad.com
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