Alan Parsons’ First Impression: Abbey Road Studio 3 Plugin

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Famed musician and producer Alan Parsons, leader of the Alan Parsons Project and legendary engineer of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon at Abbey Road Studios, gives his first impression of hearing the Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin for headphones.

Few people are as familiar with the hallowed rooms of Abbey Road Studios as Alan Parsons is. Having earned his first studio credit as assistant engineer of The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Parsons then went down in history for his astonishing work as engineer of Pink Floyd’s The Dark of the Moon—to this day a high benchmark for the art of audio engineering. Since then, Parsons returned often to Abbey Road, with his own successful Alan Parsons Project, and in the 1990s as Vice President of Abbey Road Studios’ parent EMI Studios Group.

Alan is also known as a pioneering adopter of innovative audio formats and technologies, including his extensive work in surround. All of which made him the perfect candidate to try out the Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin for headphones.

We sat down with Alan shortly before the plugin’s release, to get his first impression of the plugin and how it recreates, on any pair of headphones, the acoustic environment of the Abbey Road Studio 3 control room.

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