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‘We want to be part of this new world’: Abbey Road acquires remote production start-up Audiomovers

Abbey Road Studios has acquired tech start-up Audiomovers as it looks to significantly ramp up its remote production offering.

The acquisition marks a significant step in Abbey Road’s move to offer comprehensive production capabilities beyond its four walls. 

Founded in 2017 by Igor Maxymenko and Yuriy Shevyrov, Audiomovers has seen demand for its services escalate rapidly during the pandemic, with producers, mixers, songwriters and studios needing to collaborate remotely. Its remote production tool allows music professionals to stream, listen to and record high resolution multichannel remote audio in real time, with multiple collaborators, anywhere in the world. It includes a set of plugins, Listento and Listento Receiver, as well as mobile apps, with beta desktop software coming soon. 

Audiomovers will continue to operate under the same name, with product and technology development led by Maxymenko and Shevyrov, supporteded by Abbey Road Studios’ resources and expertise. 

The decision to acquire the company represents Abbey Road’s first major foray into the world of remote production. 

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“In the past year we’ve seen 100 per cent of studio sessions requiring some level of remote access and the name Audiomovers being repeatedly mentioned,” said Abbey Road Studios managing director Isabel Garvey. “We believe the shift to remote music production is here to stay and we want to be part of this new world, supporting music making in all its forms, no matter where creators might be located. It’s a natural extension for Abbey Road, enabling creativity beyond the physical building.”

Dom Dronska, Abbey Road’s head of digital, added: “Igor and Yuri have created the perfect solution for how people produce and write music nowadays, and we are impressed by how their early-stage business has proven its product market fit, in such a short space of time. We’re excited to give them the commercial and operational firepower that their business deserves to grow to its full potential.”

In a joint statement, Maxymenko and Shevyrov said: “With an admirable portfolio of audio plugins and production tools, as well as years of experience developing start-ups, we felt that Abbey Road Studios is the natural home for our business. We built Audiomovers for those who need audio excellence, which is exactly what Abbey Road is all about. We have an ambitious and innovative roadmap and, powered by the Abbey Road team, we can become the global choice for remote audio collaboration.”

Last week, Audio Media International spoke to Garvey about Abbey Road’s Equalise campaign and the measures that must be taken to make the music industry a more inclusive place.

“Engineering degrees and programmes aren’t often seen as attainable for young women and gender minorities and we need to change this,” Garvey commented. “Equally, young women need to have role models and see that women can have a voice in the control room and lead this work.

“This is something we are trying to tackle in a number of ways: by bringing together and spotlighting some of the brilliant female producers and engineers who are paving the way, and within our Equalise programme – opening the door for young people to see what a career in engineering or production looks like and hopefully encouraging them to pursue it.”

You can read the full interview here.

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