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Waves unveils Abbey Road Studio 3 Plugin

The new plugin is powered by Waves Nx immersive audio technology

Waves Audio has announced the launch of its new Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin, created in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios and powered by Waves Nx immersive audio technology.

The Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin is designed to bring the acoustics of the Abbey Road Studio 3 ControlRoom to any set of headphones. The Studio 3 control room is Abbey Road’s flagship mix room, designed by the world’s finest acousticians to provide the best possible music production and mixing environment.The control room has been used to mix work from some of the world’s most acclaimed artists, such as Radiohead, Amy Winehouse and Kanye West, to contemporary mixes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd, to number-one chart toppers by Frank Ocean, Brockhampton and Florence + the Machine.

In addition, the new plugin also delivers full 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, modeled on the studio’s original surround setup. Users can mix professionally for surround – on any set of stereo headphones.

Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road, said: “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. 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 realised. 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 realise their visions with more confidence than ever before.”

Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of sales and 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.”