Simon GibsonMastering Engineer

Simon Gibson

mastering
Engineer

Simon comes from a classical music background with degrees from the Royal College of Music, London and Cambridge University. After selling CDs for a while, he joined Abbey Road Studios as a mastering engineer in 1990. 

Simon has worked on every kind of mastering from restoring 100 year old 78s to working on brand new 5.1 surround sound projects. He is equally at home with vintage analogue and cutting-edge digital equipment and can work on any musical genre from classical to heavy metal and specialises in both stereo and surround mastering.

He has mastered soundtrack albums for many major Hollywood blockbusters, including ‘The Hobbit’ (films 2 & 3), ‘Into the Woods’, ‘San Andreas’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘The King's Speech’ and the 5.1 audio versions for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ (Parts 1 & 2).
He is an expert in mastering 5.1 music projects and has worked with some of the biggest names in pop, rock and classical worldwide – including The Beatles, Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Sigur Ros (Heima), U2, Keane, Nigel Kennedy, and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. 
Recent surround projects have included Wings’ Rockshow film, the legendary Argentine band Indio Solari – ‘Live at La Plata 2008’ and Final Symphony – a symphonic album derived from the music to the Final Fantasy games series.
As one of the world's foremost audio restoration engineers, Simon was responsible for all of the audio restoration on the Grammy Award-winning The Beatles Album Remasters (2009) as well as helping to create the individual musical lines for The Beatles Rockband Game from the original analogue master tapes. Recent restoration projects have included Wings’ ‘Band on the Run’ and ‘RAM’ albums (both GRAMMY nominated, with ‘Band on the Run’ winning the Historical category in 2012) and the remaster of the George Harrison biopic ‘Living in the Material World’.

Highly respected as a classical archive remastering engineer, Simon won a Gramophone Award in 2007 for the remaster to CD of the Lyrita catalogue of music by British composers. He was part of the Abbey Road team who remastered the complete studio recordings of Maria Callas, released in 2014 to great acclaim. For EMI, he has remastered and restored countless archive tapes from the LP era, both classical and pop. Between 2010 and 2014 Simon and his colleagues remastered catalogue recordings in high resolution from EMI’s classical archive for release on SACD by EMI and Warner’s in Japan. This huge project began with recordings made by the legendary German conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, including his acclaimed Wagner ‘RING’ Cycle of four operas. This series of Furtwangler SACDs won the Special Project of the Year category at the ‘2011 49th Record Academy Awards’ in Japan.

In demand for interviews about the world of audio restoration and mastering, Simon has been featured on BBC Radio 2's ‘The Record Producers’ and ‘In Concert’ and given talks about his work to the UK branch of the AES in London and to the students on Surrey University's Tonmeister course as well as elsewhere. Outside the studios, Simon continues to play the organ and conduct his local church choir.

Discography

2016

Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith & London Cast

Funny Girl

Sheridan Smith & London Cast
House Of All Seasons - House Of All Seasons

House Of All Seasons

House Of All Seasons
Kinky Boots - London Cast

Kinky Boots

London Cast
Kynren - Nathan Stornetta

Kynren

Nathan Stornetta
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary [DVD] - London Cast

Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary [DVD]

London Cast
Mrs Henderson Presents - London Cast

Mrs Henderson Presents

London Cast

2015

‘Live at La Plata 2008’ - Indio Solari

‘Live at La Plata 2008’

Indio Solari
Final Symphony - London Symphony Orchestra

Final Symphony

London Symphony Orchestra
Into The Woods (OST) - Stephen Sondeim

Into The Woods (OST)

Stephen Sondeim
Journey East - Nemanja Radulovic

Journey East

Nemanja Radulovic
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Macbeth

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Macbeth
San Andreas Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Andrew Lockington

San Andreas Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Andrew Lockington
Spectre (OST) - Thomas Newman

Spectre (OST)

Thomas Newman
Spotlight (OST) - Howard Shore

Spotlight (OST)

Howard Shore
St Matthews Passion (Remaster Warner Music Japan) - Bach

St Matthews Passion (Remaster Warner Music Japan)

Bach
The Danish Girl (OST) - Alexandre Despot

The Danish Girl (OST)

Alexandre Despot
The Hunt (Original TV Soundtrack) - Steven Price

The Hunt (Original TV Soundtrack)

Steven Price
The Lady In The Van (OST) - George Fenton

The Lady In The Van (OST)

George Fenton

2014

Live In Berlin - Depeche Mode

Live In Berlin

Depeche Mode
Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Edition - Original 2014 London Cast

Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Edition

Original 2014 London Cast
Pas De Deux - James Horner

Pas De Deux

James Horner
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - Howard Shore

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Howard Shore

2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (OST) - Howard Shore

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (OST)

Howard Shore
Wings Over America (Paul McCartney Archive Collection) - Paul McCartney & Wings

Wings Over America (Paul McCartney Archive Collection)

Paul McCartney & Wings
Wings’ Rockshow Movie  - Wings’

Wings’ Rockshow Movie

Wings’

2012

RAM (Paul McCartney Archive Collection) - Paul McCartney & Wings

RAM (Paul McCartney Archive Collection)

Paul McCartney & Wings
The Calling - Meav

The Calling

Meav
Yellow Submarine (Restored) - The Beatles

Yellow Submarine (Restored)

The Beatles

2011

The 50 Greatest Pieces Of Classical Music - London Philharmonic Orchestra

The 50 Greatest Pieces Of Classical Music

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The King Speech - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The King Speech

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2010

Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection) - Paul McCartney & Wings

Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection)

Paul McCartney & Wings
Celebrating 50 Years Devoted To British Music - Various Artists

Celebrating 50 Years Devoted To British Music

Various Artists

2009

Icon - Nathan Milstein

Icon

Nathan Milstein
No Line On The Horizon (Remastered) - U2

No Line On The Horizon (Remastered)

U2
The Beatles – Album Remasters  - The Beatles

The Beatles – Album Remasters

The Beatles

2008

Christmas At King's - King's College Choir Cambridge

Christmas At King's

King's College Choir Cambridge
Under A Blood Red Sky (DVD Remastered) - U2

Under A Blood Red Sky (DVD Remastered)

U2

2007

Akon His Story DVD - Akon

Akon His Story DVD

Akon
Celtic Woman Live DVD - Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman Live DVD

Celtic Woman
Help DVD - The Beatles

Help DVD

The Beatles
Live in London DVD - Keane

Live in London DVD

Keane
Popmart DVD - U2

Popmart DVD

U2
Puccini Turandot - Maria Callas

Puccini Turandot

Maria Callas
Recital at La Scala, Milan  - Angela Gheorghiu

Recital at La Scala, Milan

Angela Gheorghiu
Sigur Ros Heima DVD - Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros Heima DVD

Sigur Ros
Singles Collection CD - Vera Lynn

Singles Collection CD

Vera Lynn
Spice Girls Live at Wembley DVD - Spice Girls

Spice Girls Live at Wembley DVD

Spice Girls

2006

  Delirious Live DVD - Delirious

Delirious Live DVD

Delirious
  Pet Sounds companion DVD - Beach Boys

Pet Sounds companion DVD

Beach Boys
 Best of Live  1997 - 2006 - Robbie Williams

Best of Live 1997 - 2006

Robbie Williams
 Handel  Alcina   - Richard Hicko

Handel Alcina

Richard Hicko
 Karl Jenkins Kiri Sings Karl   - Kiri Te Kanawa

Karl Jenkins Kiri Sings Karl

Kiri Te Kanawa
 Kraken Filarmonico   - Kraken  Filarmonico Orquestra de Bogota

Kraken Filarmonico

Kraken Filarmonico Orquestra de Bogota
 Living in the Material World  - George Harrison

Living in the Material World

George Harrison
 Reflections The Definitive Collection - The Supremes

Reflections The Definitive Collection

The Supremes
Andrew Lloyd Webber Starlight Express - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber Starlight Express

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Arthur OST - Eric Serra

Arthur OST

Eric Serra
Blue Note Sessions - Nigel Kennedy

Blue Note Sessions

Nigel Kennedy
Polish Spirit  Live  - Nigel Kennedy

Polish Spirit Live

Nigel Kennedy
War of the Worlds  - Jeff Wayne

War of the Worlds

Jeff Wayne

2005

 Mind Body Soul Sessions - Joss Stone

Mind Body Soul Sessions

Joss Stone
All The Best - Tina Turner

All The Best

Tina Turner
Best Of Blue - Blue

Best Of Blue

Blue
Glastonbury Anthems - Glastonbury

Glastonbury Anthems

Glastonbury
Joe Cocker - Live in Germany  - Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker - Live in Germany

Joe Cocker
Norah Jones - Live 2004 - Norah Jones

Norah Jones - Live 2004

Norah Jones
Paul McCartney - Liverpool Oratorio - Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney - Liverpool Oratorio

Paul McCartney
Pet Shop Boys - Live In Birmingham - Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys - Live In Birmingham

Pet Shop Boys
Roger Waters The Wall, Live in Berlin - Roger Waters

Roger Waters The Wall, Live in Berlin

Roger Waters
Skank - Live In Brazil - Skank

Skank - Live In Brazil

Skank
Supergrass Is 10 - Supergrass

Supergrass Is 10

Supergrass