Tutors and guest lecturers

Discover the team behind Abbey Road Institute!

We’ve handpicked industry experts and academics from all areas of the recording and music industries. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise, skills and insider knowledge. Their roles range from engineers, producers and musicians to A&R, marketing and management. Please meet the team behind our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering.

Staff

Ulli Schiller

Ulli Schiller

Ulli Schiller – Institute manager of the Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt / Engineer and lecturer.

After completing his electronic engineer studies, Ulli Schiller has been working in the audio industry for more than 30 years, ten of those as a sound engineer in several studios.

In the field of live sound engineering he worked, inter alia, with Jonas Hellborg, John Scofield, Jack De Johnette, Peter Erskine, Bill Frisell, Ginger Baker, Lester Bowie & Art Ensemble of Chicago, Shirley Bassey, Art Blakey, Charly Antolini and Archie Shepp.

Ulli Schiller was director and developer for Kemsonic Audio Messsysteme GmbH in Bielefeld and worked as a school principal, lecturer and project manager for SAE Germany in Frankfurt over 20 years.

As a passionate guitar player and sound engineer, he wishes to share not only his knowledge but his enthusiasm for this profession as well.

Stefan Seelenwald

Stefan Seelenwald

Stefan Seelenwald – Coach and lecturer in Berlin (Sound Theory, Acoustics, Decibels, Metering, Synthesis, Sampling, Ableton, Logic)

Stefan Seelenwald is a trained sound engineer and music educator. He acquired his degree in “Magister of Art” at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In addition to that, he mastered his teacher’s certificate for jazz piano and drums at the Hauer-Conservatory in Wiener Neustadt.

He was assistant for several producers like Pelle Saethers and Daniel Wehr as well as co-producer of Megablast for the label “Luv Lute” and worked as an independent composer for artists such as Defex, Milou, Telekollegen and DAWA in both Berlin and Ibiza.

The native Austrian masters not only piano, drums, and percussion, but also guitar and vocals. Furthermore, the programming of synthesizers and MIDI, composition and recording belong to his area of teaching subjects.

More information concerning his creative work can be found under seelenwald.com

Jens Kleinhuis

Jens Kleinhuis

Jens Kleinhuis – Head Coach and lecturer in Frankfurt (Equalizing, Dynamic Range Processing, Effects, Cabling and Wiring, Mixing Consoles (API), Production Techniques, Session Planning, Small Consoles, Microphones, Practical Outboard Workstation Recording Studio, Advanced Recording Studio, Live Sound, Studio Exam)

Jens Kleinhuis is the main contact person for course attendees at Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt.

He finished his Bachelor degree at the Middlesex University London and acquired his audio engineering diploma at SAE Frankfurt.

As FOH and monitor engineer, the passionate drummer worked for several years for diverse companies focused on event technology as well as for the Centralstation Darmstadt and with musicians like Roachford, Mothers Finest, Die Happy, Marceo Parker, Till Brönner and Lee Ritenour.

As studio engineer he taught at the Dolphin Studios Moerfelden, mixed and co-produced for Striegl, Univision, Paddy goes to Holyhead and many more.

Guest lecturers

Darcy Proper

Darcy Proper

Darcy Proper, (Guest lecturer), Mastering engineer

Darcy Proper is a successful sound engineer and a role model for many within the industry. Darcy graduated with honours from NYU’s Music Technology programme and began her career at Sony Classical Productions and Sony Music Studios in New York City. After twenty years in the big apple, she made the jump to Europe, accepting a position as Senior Mastering Engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. In 2010, Darcy became part of the team of adventurers dedicated to the revival of Wisseloord Studios in The Netherlands, where she currently bases her work as a mastering engineer.

Over the years, Darcy has been honoured with 3 Grammy awards and 9 nominations and has won several other awards for her work.

Ronald Prent

Ronald Prent

Ronald Prent, (Guest lecturer) is a recording & mix engineer.

Ronald Prent started out at Wisseloord in 1980 as an inexperienced assistant and has since established himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative recording & mix engineers in the world. At Abbey Road Institute, Ronald teaches mixing and advanced recording techniques.

He specialises in surround sound, pioneering in mixing and playing a key role in the development of new technology used in progressive high-resolution formats. In the early years of surround audio development, Ronald was a “test pilot” for Sony and Philips’ DSD/SACD format. Many of the projects that he mixed in those days are still held up as benchmark examples of creative surround mixing. API’s flagship ‘Vision’ console which features simultaneous stereo and surround mixing capability, and SPL’s benchmark MMC1 multi-channel mastering console are two examples of technological excellence stemming from Ronald’s original and practical ideas.

His long list of clients includes notable artists such as Simple Minds, Rammstein, The Scorpions, Mink DeVille, Richie Hawtin, Udo Lindenberg, Gotthard, Tina Turner, Ilse DeLange, Live, Within Temptation, Herbert Grönemeyer, Clouseau, Lori Lieberman, Manowar, Alain Clark, and Peter Maffay.

Steve Lillywhite

Steve Lillywhite

Steve Lillywhite CBE, (guest lecturer), is an English record producer. 

Since he began his career in 1977, Steve Lillywhite has been credited on over 500 records and has collaborated with a variety of musicians including U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Foxton (of The Jam), Big Country, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Morrissey, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Killers, The Pogues, David Byrne, XTC, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, The Psychedelic Furs, Beady Eye, Phish, Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading.

Steve has won six Grammy Awards, including the Producer of The Year in 2006, and was made a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for his contributions to music.

Tutors

Nils Hahmann

Nils Hahmann

Nils Hahmann – Lecturer Frankfurt (Pro Tools, Avid S6, Microphones, Stereo Microphonics, Audio Networks)

After finishing his studies in audio engineering at the SAE Frankfurt and doing some semesters in electronic technology at the TU Berlin, Nils Hahmann’s way led him to (radio play) broadcasting in the Berlin studio scene. Since then Pro Tools became his main DAW.

Started in 1997, he worked for about ten years as a product specialist for Digidesign/Avid and introduced Pro Tools and its additional hardware controllers to users for four years.

For the last ten years, he has been working as an independent sound engineer and possesses years of experience with classic, choral, jazz, and rock music. Within the framework of these activities, he gained experience both with surround recording and 3D productions as well as audio network.

Timothy Beutler

Timothy Beutler

Timothy Beutler – Lecturer Berlin (Production and Music Theory, Audio Engineering Acoustic Tools)

Timothy Beutler lives in Berlin and is drummer, composer and producer. He has taught at the University of CA, Santa Barbara and at the San Roque School and has given several individual drum lessons. As a freelancer, he has been active as musician, engineer and producer. He is a member of numerous musical groups such as Moink and A\D\S/R, and Ultra Sutra of several music styles such as glam punk, electro-rock, and rock.

This Pro Tools and Ableton Live specialist lives by the motto “Stay positive! You can do anything you want” and wishes to share with his students his passion for music.

Max (Möhler) Power

Max (Möhler) Power

Max (Möhler) Power – Lecturer Berlin (Pro Tools, Recording Techniques)

Max Möhler has worked for seven years as an audio designer for Sat 1, before changing in 2010 for the same position at the Jellyfish Studios (N24).

Moreover, since 2005 he has been working as an independent producer and audio engineer for Flux Fm (formerly Motor FM) and since 2013 as an engineer at Chez Cherie Studio Berlin as well.

Between 2012 and 2015, Max Möhler has worked as an assistant/engineer for Moses Schneider.
Since 2016 he has been supervising the monthly production of radioeins session at Studio Wong. His projects include Fehlfarben, Tocotronic, Beatsteaks, Olli Schulz, Turbostaat, Chuckamuck and KIZ.

Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh (born 1960) is a British record producer and engineer.

Walsh cut his teeth as an engineer at London’s Utopia Studios in the late 1970s, working with Stevie Wonder, The Tubes, Spandau Ballet and The Boomtown Rats amongst others.

His breakthrough was as assistant producer on the 1981 debut album by Heaven 17, Penthouse and Pavement. Following this success he went on to produce several artists among them Peter Gabriel, China Crisis, Gene Loves Jezebel and Simple Minds.

In 1984, Walsh produced Scott Walker’s album, Climate of Hunter. Walsh has continued to work with Walker, producing and performing on his 1995 album Tilt, and the 2006 album The Drift. In addition he has worked with Walker on records by Ute Lemper and Pulp.

Jan Hennig alias DJ Kabuki

Jan Hennig alias DJ Kabuki

Jan Hennig alias DJ Kabuki – Dozent Frankfurt (Synthesis, Sampling, Remixing Tools, Ableton/Max MSP)

Kabuki feierte erste Erfolg in der internationalen Drum’n’Bass-Szene der 1990er Jahre. In den nuller Jahren veröffentlichte Kabuki zwei von der Kritik gefeierte Alben (»Signal To Noise«, 2004, und »Warrior Soul«, 2010) sowie zahlreiche 12-Inches über Labels wie V Recordings, Sonar Kollektiv oder Reinforced Records.

Zeitweilig lebte er in Tokyo und arbeitete als Komponist für Videospielmusik. Schließlich kehrte er zurück nach Frankfurt und besann sich auf seinem letzten Album »Meditations« musikalisch auf seine HipHop-Wurzeln.

Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Musikproduzent und DJ ist er auch aktiv im Bereich Sounddesign und Preset-Programmierung und hat bereits Sample-Packs und Presets für solche namenhaften Hersteller wie Native Instruments, Softube oder Novation produziert.

Christian Stader

Christian Stader

Christian Stader – Dozent Frankfurt (Alignment/Pitch Correction, Music Business and Management, Music Theory, Arranging)

Der Komponist und Tonmeister (Lismore University, Australien) Christian Stader arbeitete nach seinem Studium viereinhalb Jahre in London als Freelance-Engineer, Komponist, Musiker und Produzent. Künstler, Labels und Verlage buchten ihn in Studios wie Abbey Road, Air Studios oder Townhouse. Er saß am Mischpult mit/für Künstler wie David Gilmour, Nick Beggs, Faithless, Aviv Geffen, Falco, Max Nouchy (Yodelice).

Stader kehrte 1998 nach Deutschland zurück, machte sich einen Namen im Theaterbereich (Theater Freiburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Bad Hersfeld Festspiele u.a.) und komponiert Popsongs, Filmmusik, Brandings und Musicals. Seit 2012 betreibt er die ehemaligen „van Geest-Studios” in Sandhausen, einen 1000qm-Studiokomplex, in dem mehrere Engineers & Firmen als Netzwerk zusammenarbeiten. Diese Infrastruktur erlaubt Künstlern, entspannt, maximal kreativ und qualitativ hochwertig arbeiten zu können.

Jan Hagenkötter

Jan Hagenkötter

Jan Hagenkötter – Dozent Frankfurt (Music Business and Management)

Jan Hagenkötter ist der Kopf hinter dem international renommierten Musikverlag und Independent Label INFRACom!.

INFRACom! bietet seit 1992 ein breit gefächertes Repertoire in allen modernen Musiksparten abseits des klassischen Mainstreams an. Veröffentlicht wurden Künstler wie Dublex Inc., Shantel, Phoneheads, Aromabar, [re:jazz] u.v.m..

Unter dem Label “jazznotjazz” gab es seit 2000 regelmäßig Konzerte Festivals und Partys in Frankfurt mit Künstlern wie Marcos Valle, José James, Jimi Tenor, Nicola Conte, Tony Allen, Alice Russel, Mulatu Astatke, Quantic, US3.

2009 entwickelt er “Hear the Music” ein digitale b2b Promotionstool für Musik die u.a von Universal Music, Motor, Rought Trade u.a Firmen für Radio, DJ, Pressepromotion verwendet wird.

Prof. Matthias Raue

Prof. Matthias Raue

Prof. Matthias Raue – Dozent Frankfurt (Music Theory, Arranging, Film Production Sound, Post Production, Film Music Mixing, Film Sound Aesthetics, Film Music, Synthesis)

Matthias Raue, geboren am 27. August 1952 in Frankfurt am Main, ist umgeben von Musikalität aufgewachsen. Nach der Schule studierte er erst Schulmusik an der Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, dann Komposition an der Hochschule der Künste in Berlin bei Isang Yun.

Seit 1981 arbeitet er als freier Komponist. Neben Kammermusik und Orchesterwerken, sowie Ballett- und Bühnenmusiken hat er vor allem Musik für Film- und Fernsehproduktionen geschrieben (darunter u.a. die Titelmusik und Lieder zu Löwenzahn). Er arbeitete u.a. am Schauspiel Frankfurt, TAT Frankfurt, Ohio Theater N.Y.  

Als Produzent, Komponist und Musiker gründete er die „Tanit Media GmbH“ und  das „Tanit Studio“.

Seit 1996 leitet Matthias Raue den Studiengang Filmkomposition an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

Gyso Hilger

Gyso Hilger

Gyso Hilger – Dozent Frankfurt (Logic Pro)

Bevor sich Sound Engineer Gyso Hilger 2004 in Darmstadt mit dem Nektarium Tonstudio selbständig gemacht hat, war er viele Jahre als Audio Engineer, Musik-Produzent, Komponist und Musiker in den Lofthaus Studios und den „Get into Magic“ Studios in Darmstadt tätig.

Außerdem ist er als Gitarrist der Band „Tobsucht“ und als musikalischer Kopf des Elektro-Jazz Duos „Nekta“ bekannt geworden.

Der Logic Pro Spezialist, der sich auch bestens mit Ableton Live, Wavelab und Izotope RX auskennt, möchte den Kursteilnehmern am Abbey Road Institute vor allem die Software-Technik als musikalisches Tool begreifbar machen.

Michael Kusterer-Trenkle

Michael Kusterer-Trenkle

Michael Kusterer-Trenkle – Dozent (Pro Tools, Stereo Miking Techniques, Practical Recording Workshop, Restoration, Mastering)

Sound Engineer Michael Kusterer-Trenkle ist Gründer und Mitinhaber der schoko pro GmbH und betreibt unter diesem Namen seit über 20 Jahren erfolgreich ein Ton- und Videostudio in Wiesbaden (schokopro.com).

Seit 1996 ist er zudem als freier Dozent in den Bereichen Stereomikrofonie/Klassikrecording, ProTools/DAW2/DAW3, Mehrkanalton, Mastering und DVD-Authoring tätig.

An der Musikakademie in Wiesbaden war er für die Konzeption und Durchführung des Aufbaustudiengangs „Tontechnik für Musiker und Musik-Pädagogen“ zuständig.

Darüber hinaus hat er einen Ausbilderschein für die Bereiche Veranstaltungstechnik und Mediengestalter Bild und Ton und ist seit 1990 als Live-Toningenieur FOH und Live-Operator für ProTools und spezielle Mehrkanaltonanwendungen tätig.

Peter Bremm

Peter Bremm

Peter Bremm – Dozent Frankfurt (History of Production, Sound Theory, Basic Electronics, Analog/Digital Audio/Interconnectivity, Synthesis (Klangsynthese), Sampling, Acoustics, Loudspeaker, Amplifiers, Film Production Sound, Post Production)

Der studierte Elektrotechniker Peter Bremm hat seine Hobbies Electronic und Musik vor vielen Jahren zum Beruf gemacht und bringt ein enormes Wissen in diesem spannenden Bereich mit. Er war u. a. Entwicklungsleiter bei Stubbe Electronic, technischer Leiter bei Firmen wie Studio sound & Music und Teac & Tascam sowie bei BFE für die Planung professioneller Tonstudios verantwortlich.

Der Gitarrist kennt sich bestens mit den verschiedensten Studio- und Live-Mischpulten sowie Software-Produkten wie Cubase, Samplitude und WaveLab aus. Außerdem hat er viele Artikel in Fachzeitschriften sowie die Bücher „Das digitale Tonstudio“ und „Timecode – Zeit am laufenden Band“ veröffentlicht.

The huge passion for music is our engine. We want to share this enthusiasm with our students.

Ulli Schiller, Lecturer

Abbey Road Institute gives you an intensive and hands on education over 12 months. The studios are really well equipped and we had lots of studio time to let out our creativity and develop our skills.

Dirk Andre, Graduate 2018

I learned at Abbey Road Institute to give a voice or an instrument a personality. A signature sound is just the charm of a successful music production.

Lucy Pape, Graduate 2018

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate 2016