A Brief History of Abbey Road Studios

The world's largest purpose-built recording studio, studio one can easily accommodate 110-piece orchestra and 100-person choir simultaneously.
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Throughout its history, the studio remained a leader in technical innovation. Prompted by the demands of the Beatles Sergeant Pepper album, Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend developed a system where by two four-track machines could be linked together, thereby ushering in a new era of multitrack recording. The innovation led quickly to the creation of an 8, then 16 and 24-track recording. In this 1967 photo, John Lennon sits with producer George Martin.

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