Abbey Road Studios launches its first music-making app

Following Abbey Road developments such as its online mastering and mixing service and startup incubator Abbey Road Red, today the world-famous studio enters the mobile recording app market.

Abbey Road Studios has launched it’s very first app for iOS, called Topline, which it demonstrated to AMI in its brand new Gatehouse studio with the help of various London-based producers and musicians.

The studio has worked with emerging songwriters and producers from across London to develop Topline, a completely free, three-track recording app that "helps you catch your musical ideas instantly and precisely", allowing users to import tracks from cloud storage, email or messaging apps.

The app allows its users to share files easily, sing over imported tracks, add lyrics, tags and pictures. The app is aimed at users looking to note down ideas quickly and easily, rather than offering a full mobile production suite.

It also offers geo-tagging capabilities to make note of where a recording took place. AMI is told that more features may be added in future updates.

“At Abbey Road Studios, we recognise that music production has changed dramatically as a result of the digital revolution, wider accessibility of recording technology & direct distribution routes and the boom of DIY culture", said senior digital manager, Dominika Dronska.

"As the recording process changes in ever dynamic ways, music making becomes more democratic. We want to ensure that Abbey Road remains at the heart, and are actively looking for new ways to take our expertise beyond the walls of Abbey Road to support and enable creativity across all groups of music makers.

"With this in mind, we got to work with a group of unsigned DIY artists from London to understand their methods and challenges. Topline is our answer to the most pressing of those challenges, a need to quickly capture and collaborate on song ideas, which we co-designed with the musicians."