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.
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 – 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 – 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.
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, (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 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.
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 – 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 – 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 (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 aka DJ Kabuki – Lecturer Frankfurt (Synthesis, Sampling, remixing Tools,
Kabuki’s success started in the international Drum’n’Bass scene of the 90s. During the
first years of the new century he published two critically acclaimed albums (“Signal To
Noise”, 2004 and “Warrior Soul”, 2010) as well as several 12 inches through labels like V
Recordings, Sonar Kollektiv or Reinforced Records.
After working as a composer of video game music in Tokyo, he then came back to
Frankfurt to reflect on his hip hop roots through his latest album “Meditations”.
Apart from his activities as record producer and DJ, he’s also active in the field of sound
design and preset programming – having already produced sample packs and presets
for famous producers such as Native Instruments, Softube or Novation.
Christian Stader – Lecturer Frankfurt (Alignment/Pitch Correction, Music Business and
Management, Music Theory, Arranging)
The composer and sound engineer (Lismore University, Australia) Christian Stander
worked in London for four and a half years after his studies as a freelance engineer,
composer, musician and producer. Artists, labels, and publishers booked his services
for studios such as Abbey Road, Air Studios, or Townhouse. He mixed for artists like
David Gilmour, Nick Beggs, Faithless, Aviv Geffen, Falco, and Max Nouchy (Yodelice).
Stader came back to Germany in 1998 and made himself a reputation in the field of
theatre (Theater Freiburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Bad Hersfeld Festspiele, etc.) and
composed pop songs, film soundtracks, brandings, and musicals. Since 2012 he has
been running the former “van Geest Studios” in Sandhausen – a 1000qm studio complex
and network in which several engineers and companies work together. Its infrastructure
allows artists to relax in order to use their maximum creativity for the production of high
Jan Hagenkötter – Lecturer Frankfurt (Music Business and Management)
Jan Hagenkötter is the mastermind behind the internationally acclaimed music publisher
and independent label INFRACom!.
Since 1992, INFRACom! has been offering a broad repertoire of all kinds of modern
music apart from the classic mainstreams. Artists such as Dublex Inc., Shantel,
Phoneheads, Aromabar, [re:jazz] and many more have been published there.
Since 2000, several concert festivals and parties have been held under the “jazznotjazz”
label in Frankfurt with artists like Marcos Valle, José James, Jimi Tenor, Nicola COnte,
Tony Allen, Alice Russel, Mulatu Astatke, Quantic, and US3.
In the year 2009, he developed “Hear the Music”; a digital b2b promotional tool for
music now used by Universal Music, Motor, Rough Trade et al for radio, DJ, and press
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 – Lecturer Frankfurt (Logic Pro)
Gyso Hilge worked for several years as an audio engineer, music producer, composer
and musician in the Lofthaus Studios and the “Get into Magic” Studios in Darmstadt
before becoming self-employed at the recording studio Nektarium in 2004 in Darmstadt.
In addition to that, he became famous as the guitarist of the band “Tobsucht” and
musical mastermind of the electronic-jazz duo “Nekta”.
Above all, the Logic Pro expert – who is also thoroughly familiar with Ableton Live,
Wavelab and Izotope RX – wishes to teach the students of Abbey Road Institute how to
use software technology as a musical tool.
Michael Kusterer-Trenkle – Lecturer (Pro Tools, Stereo Miking Techniques, Practical
Recording Workshop, Restoration, Mastering)
Sound engineer Michael Kusterer-Trenkle is founder and co-owner of “schoko pro
GmbH” and for over 20 years, he has been operating this successful recording and
video studio in Wiesbaden (schokopro.com).
Since 1996 he is also working as a freelance lecturer in the areas of stereo
microphonics/classic recording, ProTools/DAW2/DAW3, multi-channel sound,
mastering and DVD authoring.
At the Music Academy in Wiesbaden, he was responsible for the development and
implementation of the postgraduate program “Sound Engineering for Music and
Furthermore, he has a teaching certificate for the area of event technology and media
design for image and sound. Since 1990 he has been working as a live sound engineer
FOH and live operator for ProTools and special multi-channel sound applications.
Peter Bremm – Lecturer Frankfurt (History of Production, Sound Theory, Basic
Electronics, Analog/Digital Audio/Interconnectivity, Synthesis (Sound Synthesis),
Sampling, Acoustics, Loudspeaker, Amplifiers, Film Production Sound, Post Production)
The qualified electrical engineer Peter Bremm turned his hobbies electronic and music
into his profession four years ago and brought his broad knowledge of this exciting area
into his new role.
He was, among other things, development manager at Stubbe
electronic, technical director at companies such as Studio sound & Music and Teac &
Tascam and was in charge of the arrangement and design of professional recording
studios at BFE.
The guitarist knows his way around several studio and live mixers as well as software
products like Cubase, Samplitude and WaveLab. Moreover, he published many articles
for trade magazines and the books “Das digitale Tonstudio” and “Timecode – Zeit am
The huge passion for music is our engine. We want to share this enthusiasm with our students.
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.
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.
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.
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.