London's legendary Abbey Road Studios will be 80 years old this year, and even in these uncertain times for the music business, they continue to invest in new equipment to keep them at the top of the tree.
On March 18th, a lavish party was held to mark the public debut of the refurbished Studio Two control room, where the previous Neve VRP Legend desk has given way to a new and extensively customised AMS Neve 88RS console. This features some of the most advanced mixing and routing features ever incorporated into an analogue desk, including no fewer than eight full-surround monitoring buses.
The control room itself has been enlarged, and now features a set of B&W 800D full-range speakers, as well as Endless Audio's CLASP system to allow Abbey Road's vintage tape machines to be easily integrated into digital recordings sessions. The structural work has also made space for additional rackmount equipment, including several of EMI's legendary TG-series processors