Abbey Road Studios opts for Bowers & Wilkins speakers and headphones
Abbey Road Studios is known as the most famous recording studio in the world, having been used by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies and many other notable artists. The venue can now also be known to house some of Bowers & Wilkins’ latest and greatest kits. That’s because Bowers & Wilkins has been named the official speaker and headphone partner of the famed studio.
There are several reasons why Bowers & Wilkins was chosen as the studio’s official loudspeaker and headphone partner, one of the most important being that the company’s product offering was the preferred loudspeaker for engineers. Abbey Road award winners. We’re not sure there could be much more praise than that.
As part of this partnership, Bowers & Wilkins technology will be used in all Abbey Road studios. This includes reference monitoring for Studios One, Two and Three, as well as the Gatehouse and Front Room – two new studios opening in 2017. Abbey Road will adopt Bowers & Wilkins flagship 800 Series Diamond; 800 D3 speakers, which claim to provide “the most accurate audio reproduction yet in these studios”.
This partnership comes at a pivotal time for Abbey Road Studios. The studio’s owners, EMI, considered a sale in 2010 which would have seen it redeveloped into luxury apartments, although the UK government stepped in to prevent this from happening. Since then, EMI itself has been acquired in part by Universal Music, which conducted a major redevelopment of the studios.
In the biggest transformation in Abbey Road Studios’ 86-year history, a new mixing stage for film sound post-production has been opened, while Abbey Road Red, Europe’s first audio technology incubator, has been launched. The Studio has also created apps and services to make its expertise more accessible to producers and artists around the world.
Isabel Garvey, MD of Abbey Road Studios, said: “We are delighted to embark on an audio partnership with Bowers & Wilkins, who share our passion for creative excellence, innovation and the highest audio quality. By working with Bowers & Wilkins, our engineers can continue to deliver the best possible studio experience to our customers and ensure that the passion and craftsmanship that lies behind every recording can be translated home, like the artist had planned it.
Gideon Yu, CEO of Bowers & Wilkins, added: “We are delighted to see Abbey Road Studios and Bowers & Wilkins working together on this partnership. We are passionate about delivering the highest quality, most accurate sound possible, from the world’s most demanding studio environments to people’s living rooms. Abbey Road Studios has an incredible heritage of cultivating some of the most talented musicians of the past 86 years, and we are delighted to help extend this quality audio experience to the next generation of musicians to work in these legendary studios.