Miles ShowellMastering Engineer

Miles Showell

Mastering
ENGINEER

Miles joined Abbey Road Studios from Metropolis Mastering in 2013. He began his career in mastering at Utopia Studios in 1984, where he was trained in the finer arts of disc cutting and tape copying, as mastering was then known. He then moved onto Copymasters (now Masterpiece) in 1989 before joining Metropolis Mastering in 1998 where he became well known for his attention to detail and striving to improve the vinyl format by re-introducing half-speed mastering and live direct to disc recordings.

Miles’ family used to own a record shop and he was brought up on a very wide diet of music. He has worked on some of the biggest names in dance, pop and rock in world including Underworld, Disclosure, Iggy Azalea, Eric Clapton, Faithless, The Staves, CeeLo Green, The Who, Lana Del Rey, The Sugababes.
Having worked with both for the majority of his career as an engineer, he uses a mixture of custom and vintage analogue and digital equipment, and is at home working on all genres of music including - dance, ethnic, folk, R’n’B, pure pop, guitar based indie music or crossover classical.

Miles is an expert in half-speed mastering which he refers to as “the holy grail of vinyl cutting.” By cutting at half speed you give the cutting stylus as well as the whole system twice as long to record the mechanical groove, which hugely improves the quality.
Miles is also in demand as an engineer for his live direct to disc work, really capturing the live sound of a performance by recording it live, all analogue, straight to vinyl. One example of this was recording a performance with Gorgon City and Underworld performing in Studio 1 direct to 12” 45 in front of a live audience for Carling Black Label at the end of 2014.

Discography

2016

Disraeli Gears (Half-Speed Remaster) - Cream

Disraeli Gears (Half-Speed Remaster)

Cream
Exile On Main Street (Half-Speed Remaster) - The Rolling Stones

Exile On Main Street (Half-Speed Remaster)

The Rolling Stones
Fire And Water (Half-Speed Remaster) - Free

Fire And Water (Half-Speed Remaster)

Free
Ghost In The Machine (Half-Speed Remaster) - The Police

Ghost In The Machine (Half-Speed Remaster)

The Police
New Gold Dream (Half-Speed Remaster) - Simple Minds

New Gold Dream (Half-Speed Remaster)

Simple Minds
Solid Air (Half-Speed Remaster) - John Martyn

Solid Air (Half-Speed Remaster)

John Martyn

2015

A Chord Too Far - Tony Banks

A Chord Too Far

Tony Banks
Songs from The Falling - Tracey Thorn

Songs from The Falling

Tracey Thorn
The Fine Art Of Hanging On - The Leisure Society

The Fine Art Of Hanging On

The Leisure Society
Truancy The Best of Pete Townshend - Pete Townshend

Truancy The Best of Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

2014

Acoustic - Above & Beyond

Acoustic

Above & Beyond
Alias - The Magic Numbers

Alias

The Magic Numbers
Faded - Zhu

Faded

Zhu
Live In Berlin - Depeche Mode

Live In Berlin

Depeche Mode
Reclassified - Iggy Azalea

Reclassified

Iggy Azalea
The New Classic - Iggy Azalea

The New Classic

Iggy Azalea
Wanderlust - Sophie Ellis Bextor

Wanderlust

Sophie Ellis Bextor

2013

Dead & Born & Grown - The Staves

Dead & Born & Grown

The Staves
Girl Who Got Away - Dido

Girl Who Got Away

Dido
Greatest Hits - Dido

Greatest Hits

Dido
I See Fire - Ed Sheeran

I See Fire

Ed Sheeran
The Weight Of Your Love - Editors

The Weight Of Your Love

Editors

2012

Baby The Stars Shine Bright...Plus - Everything But The Girl

Baby The Stars Shine Bright...Plus

Everything But The Girl
Company - Andy Burrows

Company

Andy Burrows
Isles Of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics - Various Artists

Isles Of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

Various Artists
One Day I'm Going To Soar - Dexys

One Day I'm Going To Soar

Dexys
Slowhand - Eric Clapton

Slowhand

Eric Clapton
The Snowman And The Snowdog - Ilan Eshkeri & Andy Burrows

The Snowman And The Snowdog

Ilan Eshkeri & Andy Burrows
The Studio Albums - The Who

The Studio Albums

The Who
Tinsel and Lights - Tracey Thorn

Tinsel and Lights

Tracey Thorn