Welcome to Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg

Our aim is to provide our students with the highest standard of theoretical teaching mixed with our unique approach to studio education. Our programme was designed by the industry for the industry. We maintain the highest educational standards, support ‘hands-on’ practical learning, provide the best professional lecturers and give students access to state of the art equipment.


A look inside our Studio

Johannesburg Location

Our first school in South Africa, Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg is based at Mastermax Studios in Midrand, Gauteng. We will be launching our first class in February 2020. The school is integrated into the Mastermax Studios building and offers our students a dedicated teaching space and bespoke studio space to work in 7 days a week. We’re proud to host our school in a dynamic studio environment which supports all areas of the course. You’ll work with top of the range, industry-standard equipment in our professional studios.

Overview of the space

Throughout the course you’ll have access to both our teaching and commercial studios at different stages, depending on the modules you’re working on. Our purpose-built facilities include a live recording space and professional-standard control room, two production rooms, a mixing room and a lecture room with individual workstations.

You will have access to the Institute’s studio both as part of the timetabled teaching as well as outside class time for independently managed recording, production and mixing. Every student has access to a computer workstation available in the lab an hour before, during and an hour after class.

You can start your project in the studio and continue recording, editing and mixing on the classroom workstations or the production suites or mixing rooms. Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg students can be sure they are learning on the very best industry-standard equipment in the classroom and studio. Our studios feature a wide array of software and hardware allowing for various hybrid setups which are both practical and suitable for the modern-day audio production environment.

Practical time is allocated on an individual basis and fully supervised by our qualified staff. Practical sessions can be booked on a weekly or monthly basis during the operating hours of the Institute. There is no limit to the amount of practical time you can book during the course, subject only to availability.

Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg

Learn in professional standard studios

Welcome to Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg

Have a look at our studios to get a real flavour of what it’s like to study with us. We’ll be adding more photos soon as we develop our new top of the range teaching spaces.

Get to know our gear

Here is a list of the facilities and equipment available during the course.


All theory and classroom-based practical lectures take place in our Classroom/Lab. This room offers one computer workstations for each student to use during and outside lecture time. Aside from following lecture activities, you can use these workstations to produce, edit, mix and even record. Each workstation offers a very wide selection of software together with a dedicated audio interface, MIDI controller and headphones. The Classroom/Lab also features a pair of Sonodyne SRP800 speakers for playback during lectures. Each workstation in this room includes:

  • Apple MacMini workstations
  • Digigrid M – Audio Interface
  • 25 Key MIDI controller
  • Telefunken THP-29 Professional Studio Headphones

To allow complete freedom to move from one room to another seamlessly, we have ensured that every single computer workstation available to our students in the Classroom/Lab, Production Suites, Mixing Studio and Recording Studio is equipped with the same wide selection of industry standard audio software. Every single DAW on our campus provides:

  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Apple Logic Pro X (activated when course content requires)
  • Ableton Live (including Max for Live) (activated when course content requires)
  • Celemony Melodyne
  • Waves Abbey Road Collection plug-in bundle
  • iZotope RX bundle

From early on in the course, you will have access to our Production Suite. This room is designed to enable you to produce music and start recording from the very beginning providing an “in the box” setup with a vast selection of software and several controllers. The Production Suite allows recording within the same room to develop coaching and soft skills that are essential for a successful producer.  The suite is equipped with:

  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Digigrid D – Audio Interface
  • Sonodyne SRP350 – Active Speakers
  • Adam S3Hx – Active Speakers
  • 64 keys Master keyboard controller
  • Roland Electronic Drum Kit

This studio reflects the typical modern hybrid setup providing full integration between “in the box” resources and analogue outboard equipment. In this room, our students can produce, edit, record, mix and master their projects:

  • Avid Control 24 Console – 16 Fader Modular Control Surface
  • Avid 192 16x16IO – AD/DA Converter
  • Apple Mac Pro with Digigrid IOS DSP servier and DLI
  • Adam P33 – Active Speakers  & Yamaha NS10 – Passive Speakers
  • 500 Series – Chandler Geranium Preamp x2, API 512 Pre-amp x2, A-Design Preamp x2
  • Roland XV5080 – 128voice synth module
  • Roland Edirol PCR80 – 64key midi controller
  • Furman LC6 – Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • SPL Vitalizer – Harmonic Distortion Unit
  • KT Square One– 8ch Dynamics Processor
  • Lexicon PCM80 & 90– FX Processor

The rooms above come with a small selection of microphones for “Control room recording”:

  • MXL v67M
  • 2x Rode Classic
  • 2x MXL CR24-P
  • 2x AKG Perception 200
  • Neumann KSM 105
  • SE Electronics GM10
  • 2x Shure SM58

Our students have access to Mastermax Studio’s purpose-built recording studio. This studio provides a dedicated Control Room with a Neve Genysis 64Fader console and outboard equipment as well as a separate Live Room that offers variable acoustics together with a wide selection of microphones and backline equipment:

  • Avid Control 24 
  • AVID 192 I/O – AD/DA Converter 
  • Apple Mac Pro
  • UAD Appolo Twin
  • Tanoy Gold– Passive Speakers (Powered by 2x Mono Blocks)
  • Sonodyne SRP600 – Active Speakers
  • Klark Teknik 8ch Compressor
  • Summit TLA100 – Mono Compressor
  • Symenrix – Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • Lexicon PCM 90 – FX Processor
  • Ensonique DP4/+ – FX Processor
  • Hearback Personal monitoring system
  • Fender Deville – Guitar Amplifier
  • Palmer Phat50 – Guitar Amplifier
  • Marc Bass New York 804 – bass amplifier
  • DW 6 piece recording drum kit
  • Zildjian A Series Cymbals
  • 2x Congas
  • 20x Telefunken TPA Headphones
  • Roland Phantom G8 88key workstation

Our Recording Studio Microphones:

  • Neuman U87
  • 4x MXLv67n’s
  • 2x Telefunken M60
  • 2x Rode NT5
  • Neumann TLM102
  • 3x MXL551
  • 2x Shure SM57
  • 2x MXLCR24’s
  • 2x Shure Beta58’s
  • 3x Telefunken M82
  • Shure Beta 91A
  • 2 x AKG Perception 100
  • Royer R-121
  • 4 x SE Electronics SE4
  • 2x MXL R144
  • 2x Bayer Dynimic TGx50
  • Shure Super55
  • Yamaha Sub-Kick Speaker Driver Microphone
  • Telefunken M80

You can also access a great selection of equipment and instruments bookable from our technicians. 

A look into Johannesburg

Top 5 reasons to study in Johannesburg

Job opportunities
Studying in Johannesburg puts you at the heart of the South African music industry. And, with South Africa being the gateway to Africa, you’ll be living and studying in a hub for the global music industry. With countless recording studios and employers in all areas of the music, television and entertainment business you’re primed to move into this flourishing job market. Our graduates are in high demand for jobs once they’ve completed their studies with us and the opportunities in Johannesburg are countless. If you want to make it in the music industry it’s the place to be.

Music industry network
Your experience at Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg goes far beyond the technical skills and expertise you’ll gain with us. One of the most valuable things you can collect during your time with us is an enviable network of both staff, visiting industry experts and students alike. There are never ending possibilities that can come out of the relationships you create and build during your time studying with us and support you in your career trajectory after your studies.

Multicultural experience
Johannesburg is one of, if not the most, culturally diverse and vibrant cities in Africa. It’s the biggest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. With 11 official languages spoken and a population of nearly 10.5  million, you will never tire of the diversity available to you in music, food, nightlife, the arts, and all areas of culture.

Student life
Student life in Johannesburg is very vibrant and also very effective on a budget. With ample accommodation options around Midrand where the Institute is based and the Midrand Gautrain Station within 3km distance, the Institute’s central location has access to both the Johannesburg and Pretoria student frequented areas. With discounted travel and access to free galleries, exhibitions, live music, film and other cultural events it’s easy to make the most of what Johannesburg has to offer. 

Music Scene
From the Bassline, CarFax and Katzys, to The Orbit, Rumors Lounge, Radium Beer Hall and Chicago’s Piano Bar, there are 100s of music venues scattered across the capital, offering something for all musical tastes. The live music scene in Johannesburg is eclectic and there are unlimited nightlife opportunities available to you every day of the year!

Johannesburg snapshot

What's on offer?

There is so much available on your doorstep, from restaurants, bars, film and theatre, art, gigs and clubs, to shops and more there is a lot to explore in Johannesburg.


Here are a few tips for getting settled in:

  • Check out Whats Up Joburg on Friday and plan your weekend and the week ahead
  • Visit In Your Pocket to plan your travel across the city and see what to eat, see and do
  • Check out Varsityvibe for instant access to exclusive student deals


Why you should study here

  • Languages Spoken in Johannesburg 100s
  • Number 1 city to study in South Africa 1
  • Pubs & Bars 100s
  • Live Music performances per year 1000s

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer