Recording at the actual Abbey Road Studio 3 isn’t as easy as just rocking up. No disrespect to you and your music, but you’re almost certainly no Pink Floyd, Radiohead or The Beatles. With apologies if you happen to actually be a living member of one of the aforementioned groups.
But audio plugin maker Waves has a way of getting you to Abbey Road, and you don’t even need to board the Jubilee Line for the pleasure. The company has made a virtual Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin to bring the setup directly to your home.
You can select stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 mixing options, and if you stick to stereo, you can choose between nearfield, midfield and farfield speaker setups.
Rather neatly, it’s compatible with the NS head tracker for headphones. That means you can wander round your virtual studio, listening to how the sound adjusts, just as if you were really in Abbey Road. If you don’t feel like splashing out for an extra bit of hardware, the plugin will try and emulate it, using your computer camera to track your movement.
If that appeals, you can get the Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin for an introductory price of $99 – or around £79. Of course, if you’re paying for a fancy audio plugin, you don’t want to be let down by weak sound reproduction, so be sure to check out our definitive list of the best wireless headphones available today.