Alex Wharton

Mastering Engineer

A self-confessed vinyl junkie, Alex grew up collecting soul, hip hop, reggae and indie records before developing an interest in recording. He joined us 15 years ago working in the studios, having experienced the Abbey Road sound via his parents' 1960s record collection. Once in, he quickly worked his way up to the role of mastering engineer.

Alex has mastered albums and singles for The Beatles, My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, Marvin Gaye, Mogwai, Maverick Sabre, Mumford and Sons, Gilberto Gil, Slaves, Bring Me The Horizon, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, St. Germain and The Chemical Brothers. He's also in high demand as a remastering engineer and has worked on genres ranging from ethnic, jazz, folk and classical through to indie guitar, pop and film soundtracks.

One of the very few mastering engineers in the world to possess a Neumann VMS 82 DMM (Direct to Metal Mastering) lathe, Alex uses this classic machine to cut copper discs which produce a better high-end, less surface noise and warmer sound quality. It's currently the only operational model in the UK.

With plenty of opportunity to pursue his love of vinyl, Alex has cut some of the biggest pop and rock albums of recent years to 12". These include Keane's No.1 album Strangelands, Radiohead's best-selling vinyl album The King of Limbs, plus albums from Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective, Massive Attack and Coldplay.

Recently Alex has been working on the Rolling Stones' and Paul McCartney's back catalogues as well as solo artists such as D. D Dumbo, Douglas Dare, Tom Hickox and Sigrid.

Highlights:

Paul McCartney - Pure McCartney

Radiohead - King of Limbs

Pixies - Doolittle 25

My Bloody Valentine - MBV

Marvin Gaye - Groovin'

Beastie Boys - The Mix Up

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk

St. Germain - Real Blues

Aurora - Running With The Wolves

Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive

Discography

Silhouettes  - Aquilo
The Big What If  - Pulled Apart By Horses
 143/Teen Spirit - Bars and Melody
 Aforger (Digital and Vinyl)  - Douglas Dare
All My Demons Treating Me As A Friend  - Aurora
Box set Vinyl - Rolling Stones
Bury Everything (Digital and Vinyl)  - Stillhound
Hopeful - Bars and Melody
Live at The Hollywood Bowl - The Beatles
No Force On Earth - Damien Dempsey
One time For Your Mind (Digital) - Ashok Prince Ft. TRU-SKOOL
Pure McCartney (Digital and Vinyl)  - Paul McCartney
Utopia Defeated (Digital and Vinyl) - D D Dumbo
Viola Beach - Viola Beach
Central Belters - Mogwai
Fading Frontier - Deerhunter
Live at 9:30 - Animal Collective
Live At Wembley - Bring Me The Horizon
Magic College / Her Crown - Allusondrugs
Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont
Pipes Of Peace (Remastered) - Paul McCartney
Real Blues - St Germain
Running With The Wolves - Aurora
Supermoon - Sophie Hunger
The Man From U.N.C.L.E - Daniel Pemberton
Tug Of War (Remastered) - Paul McCartney
What's The Score - Ady Suleiman
Await Barbarians - Alexis Taylor
Doolittle 25 - The Pixies
Soul Mining (Remastered) - The The
Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright
 Blade Runner (Vinyl) - Vangelis
Live at the BBC The Collection (Remastering) - The Beatles
On Air Live At The BBC Vol 2 (Remastering) - The Beatles
The Breeders - LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)