For many years, Abbey Road benefited from the talents of EMI’s research and development division, which custom-built mixing consoles and outboard gear to meet the demands and ambitions of the studio engineers and the artists they worked with. Most of this equipment was only available to EMI studios and was never sold commercially. This equipment, combined with the expertise of our engineers and the unique acoustic properties of the studios, enabled what has come to be known as the 'Abbey Road Sound', which can be heard on some of the most popular recordings of all time.
In 2004, Abbey Road Studios launched a range of audio products with the aim of providing users with the tools to create and produce music - tools based on Abbey Road’s legendary equipment, engineers and acoustics.
To date we have released a limited number of products that faithfully recreate some of EMI’s most celebrated equipment, ranging from software plug-ins and hardware emulations of vintage EMI outboard gear, to sampled instruments recorded using our collection of vintage microphones, mixings consoles and tape machines. These products mean that you can now own an authentic piece of the 'Abbey Road Sound' for your own home or professional studio.