Abbey Road Studios reveal the new music tech start-ups joining incubator programme Abbey Road Red

Above:Jon Eades, Innovation Manager, Abbey Road Red.

Abbey Road Studios, the world famous recording studio at the forefront of music creativity and innovation for 85 years, is introducing the newest members of its music-tech incubator start-up programme, Abbey Road Red.

AI. Music and Vochlea will join Red and begin a six month mentoring programme where Abbey Road Studios will support these start-ups in every aspect of development, providing access to the studio’s staff, knowledge and facilities.

Developing the latest music technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and researchers, Abbey Road Red is the first incubator of its kind in Europe. After a successful six months mentoring the 2016 wave of exciting music technology start-ups – Scored, Qrates and The Audio Hunt – the new Abbey Road Red recruits will have access to the Abbey Road Red board. This mentoring team includes executives across Abbey Road Studios and Universal Music Group with a wide range of skills and knowledge base.

Jon Eades, Innovation Manager for Abbey Road Red says “Since its inception in 1931, Abbey Road Studios has always been at the leading edge of music technology innovation whether driving the early experiments of stereo technology to now mentoring and supporting the brightest, most progressive music-tech start-ups and entrepreneurs around the world.

“We are perfectly placed to help develop these companies, through our music technology expertise and networks. We also act as a test ground and provide real collaboration, offering the best platform to showcase each company to the right audience and drive them forward.”

Meet the new Abbey Road Red members

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AI. Music

AI. Music are shaping the future of music creation and consumption, exploring what happens when you apply the latest techniques in artificial intelligence to music creation.  AI. Music believe this is the next leap in music’s evolution, to change it from a static process of a one-directional interaction, to one of a universal dynamic co-creation.

www.aimusic.co.uk

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Vochlea

Vochlea is a music technology company with a focus on audio controlled interfaces for music creation. Their launch product, a handheld device similar to a microphone, converts your vocals into instrumentation. Personalised to the vocal profile of the user, it is able to interpret sounds the user makes and translate them into the desired musical expression. Imagine a device where your beatboxing can trigger drum samples in real-time, your humming is translated into a controlled and intricate guitar melody. This is the power of Vochlea. Find out more at http://www.vochlea.co.uk.

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Meet the graduates of Abbey Road Red

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The Audio Hunt

The Audio Hunt is an online marketplace and community that gives musicians, engineers, producers and everyone in between access to the greatest audio gear and services on the planet. Users can search the online database for rare equipment, effects or instruments and send their tracks to the owner for processing. They can also search the community and send their whole projects for mixing or mastering or start full musical collaborations.

www.theaudiohunt.com 

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Qrates


Qrates is a vinyl crowdfunding platform that allows artists and labels to collect pre-orders from fans and fund their cost before actually pressing the vinyl. The pressing starts once the desired amount of pre-orders is reached with Qrates offering integrated solutions for marketing, sales, distribution to stores, pressing, fulfilment and mastering.. Qrates say “Abbey Road has been an essential extension for us both as an invaluable knowledge base and partner for opening opportunities that would have never been possible alone.” 

www.qrates.com

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Scored


Scored is a next generation music library and film scoring application that allows users of all ability levels to dynamically change music in real-time to match their content. It allows filmmakers to customise, control and interact with music in a whole new way, creating high quality soundtracks in minutes, cost-effectively.
Scored say ““Being part of the Abbey Road Red Incubator Program has been fantastic for Scored. Having access to their expertise and support at such an early stage of our business has been unprecedented.”

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Jon Eades, Abbey Road Red’s Innovation Manager, shares the latest news on Red…

It’s been a whirlwind six months working alongside Scored, The Audio Hunt and Qrates and a genuine pleasure helping them each refine, develop and grow.

  • Scored are now testing the beta version of their video scoring app with a select group of users ready for launch in mid 2017. Get in touch at www.scored.film for early access.
  • The Audio Hunt’s recently announced ‘Studio Assistant’ is a suite of admin tools designed for studio owners and audio professionals so they can spend less time on admin and more time on making music. Check out www.theaudiohunt.com/subscribe for more information.
  • Qrates are pleased to announce new partnerships with Reverbnation and TuneCore, with some more exciting partnerships following soon. Looking to release music on Vinyl? Be sure to use Qrates’ intuitive and no risk crowdfunding solution at www.qrates.com.

For the next six months we will be working closely alongside two new exciting young companies, this time both from London! Please say hello to AI Music and Vochlea.

  • AI Music: After successfully founding and exiting an AI based company in the 3D printing market, AI Music’s founder Siavash Mahdavi turns his attention to exploring the potential for artificial intelligence in music. We are very much looking forward to exploring the potential of AI Music’s technology for the recorded music business and helping to guide Siavash and the AI Music team.
  • Vochlea: After an impressive academic career that includes qualifications from Oxford, Imperial and the Royal College of Art, George Wright’s recently founded spin out start-up Vochlea has already picked up significant interest from the likes of SXSW and Dezeen as well as receiving an innovation grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering. George’s vision for Vochlea of using audio recognition and machine learning to help users express their creativity and get musical ideas out of their head more easily is unquestionably inspiring.

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About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studios in the world and a global music icon.Home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology, the legendary studio complex has a phenomenal history spanning over 85 years, encompassing celebrated work by many of the world’s most famous recording artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean, Kate Bush, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Oasis, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Adele.

Since the score for Raiders of The Lost Ark was recorded at the studios in 1980, Abbey Road has developed into one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring. Blockbuster films such as The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The King’s Speech and Skyfall feature scores recorded there, while recent projects include the Oscar-winning score to Gravity. Additionally, a number of high-profile video games such as Halo 5 and Call of Duty have recorded in-game music at Abbey Road Studios.

In the biggest transformation since it was founded in 1931, Abbey Road is opening two new contemporary studios – The Gatehouse and The Front Room – making the magic of Abbey Road accessible to a new generation of recording artist.  A new Dolby Atmos Premier Studio certified mix stage is also opening in March 2017 making Abbey Road the only facility in London to offer both movie scoring and sound post production.

The studios house a number of state of the art mastering suites. Recent projects mastered or re-mastered by Abbey Road’s award-winning engineers include music from Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Queen, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, New Order, Mary J. Blige.

Abbey Road Studios also offers online mixing and mastering, audio products for professional and home studio music producers, live concert recording, archiving and video services. The studios also host a select number of special events each year.

Abbey Road recently launched Abbey Road Red, Europe’s first music-focused technology incubator which supports the endeavours of entrepreneurs, research and developers.

Abbey Road Institute recently began offering vocational diplomas in music production and audio engineering to students at the studio complex in London and state of the art facilities in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney. Learn more at www.abbeyroad.com