Our friends at Waves have just released a new and interesting headphone mixing plug-in that they claim brings the acoustic environment of the legendary Abbey Road Studio 3 control room to your headphones.
Here’s what Waves say about their Abbey Road Studio 3:
The Abbey Road Studio 3 control room is Abbey Road Studios’ flagship mix room, designed by the world’s greatest acousticians to provide the ultimate music production and mixing environment.
Contemporary mixes and remixes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Modern classics by Radiohead, Amy Winehouse and Kanye West. #1 chart toppers by Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, and Florence + the Machine. All were made and perfected at Abbey Road Studio 3.
Acoustics Recreated For Headphone Mixing
Waves say that the Abbey Road Studio 3 plug-in is based on precision 360° impulse response measurements of the Studio 3 control room which is combined with Waves’ smart Nx technology for immersive spatial audio.
The plug-in recreates three-dimensional sound over any set of headphones:
The same supreme clarity of stereo and surround image
The same acoustic response unveiling every detail in your sessions
The same well-balanced sustain across the full frequency spectrum
The same accurate low-end sustain—a hallmark of the world’s best studio control rooms
The same combination of impeccable room acoustics and state-of-the-art near-field, mid-field and far-field speakers
With the Abbey Road Studio 3 plug-in:
You have the ultimate reference environment on headphones
You can better judge mix depth, panning, reverb, low end response and more, over any pair of headphones
You can better predict how your headphone sessions will translate to speaker systems of all types
The Abbey Road Studio 3 plug-in also delivers full 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound, modelled after the studio’s original surround setup.
Who Is This Plug-in For?
Abbey Road Studio 3 could be very useful in a wide range of scenarios:
If you don’t have a perfectly treated mix room use Abbey Road 3 plug-in with headphones instead
If you do have a great room then now you have one of the world’s best control rooms for extra reference.
If you collaborate with others you will all have the same acoustic environment to refer to when sending sessions back and forth.
If you need to create a 5.1 or 7.1 mix without access to a full set of surround speakers you can do so on headphones, before going into a surround studio for final tweaks.
Abbey Road Studio 3 is available to demo and purchase today from the Waves website. Waves are offering a time limited promotion, buy today for $99 (regular $199)
Visit Waves for more information.
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