Andy Walter

Mastering Engineer

Andy is a degree educated engineer who joined Abbey Road Studios back in 1991, having studied at Spirit Studios in Manchester for many years recording various Factory Records bands in the late '80s.

In his pre-studio life, Andy was a classically trained musician and composer, but also the bass player in the feted 1990’s pop band The Trash Can Junkies who featured heavily (and humorously) in the critically acclaimed book Hell Bent for Leather by Seb Hunter, that was turned into a short comedy film starring Tim McInnery and cast.

Andy is one of the world's foremost mastering and restoration engineers, with four Gramophone awards and two Grammy nominations to his name as well as numerous other accolades and awards. A pioneer of digital restoration processes and using state-of-the-art technology like CEDAR (much of which he helped in the process of early development), Andrew has applied his skills and knowledge to working on recordings as early as 1897 on 78 records to vinyl, tape, CD, DVD, SACD, Bluray and filmscores through to modern 7.1 surround sound audio restorations for classical, jazz, spoken word and all genres of pop music.

As a surround mastering engineer he has also worked on CD and DVD projects for some of the biggest names in the pop and rock world including numerous projects for David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, U2, The Cure, Robbie Williams, Radiohead, The Bee Gees, The Who, Simple Minds and The Beatles. Andy transferred the first (and thought ‘lost’) studio demo acetate recording of The Beatles’ Love Me Do, which was owned by Sir George Martin and was restored and released for the first time ever on The Beatles Anthology box set.

Andy is also in great demand as a mastering engineer for the film and stage industries, mastering numerous soundtrack albums for Hollywood blockbusters including Harry Potter, Everest, Cinderella, Shadow Recruit and V For Vendetta and the BAFTA winning film Atonement, which received the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score.

Andy has also worked for many award-winning ‘hit’ musicals including The Lord Of The Rings, Dirty Dancing and Phantom Two: Love Never Dies for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (also remastering Lloyd Webber's classic Jesus Christ Superstar and numerous other projects). In the classical world he has worked exclusively on a series of recordings with the world famous cellist Mtislav Rostropovich and on a musical audio history of EMI Classics, the complete recordings of Maria Callas and The Centenary box, for which he was Grammy nominated.

He has recently worked with Snow Patrol and Kasabian on film projects, with the director Mel Brookes on the London cast CD soundtrack of The Young Frankenstein and with the composer on the 2018 filmscore release of Yardie and soon to be released film The Bees, where the audio for the first time has been mastered ‘pre film edit’. He has also recently completed a 5.1 mix of the classic album Hemispheres by Rush in its 40 anniversary edition, as well as mastering all the surround streams for SACDs of every Rush album ever recorded, a band he loves.

Andy is also an expert in forensic restoration work and has worked with the British police as well as business clients as a respected engineer in cleaning up audio for court cases and private investigations. He regularly gives expert lectures to industry groups around the world namely in the USA, Hong Kong, Berlin and the UK, talking about audio restoration, the mastering process and the state of the art restoration technologies involved, for which Abbey Road is a pioneering alumni.

When not at Abbey Road, he runs a comedy club and sails a rare Nicholson yacht on the Norfolk Broads.

Highlights:

The Elgar Edition (Gramophone winner)

Noel Coward - The HMV Collection (Grammy Nominated)

Rostropovich - The Russian Years Edition (Grammy winner)

EMI Classics - Centenary Edition 1897- 1997: 100 Years of Great Music (Grammy nominated)

Maria Callas - The Complete Opera Recordings

U2 - U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle

The Beatles - Anthology Edition

Roger Waters - The Wall DVD (Live in Berlin)

The Cure - The Cure: Trilogy (Live In The Tempodrom Berlin November 2002)

John Williams - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yardie – Original score

Mel Brookes - The Young Frankenstein (London Show)

Rush - Hemispheres 40th edition

Discography

Yardie -  Original Score
The Young Frankenstein - Mel Brooks
Griffons at the Gates of Heaven - Sons Of Hippies
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Anna Karenina
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
Parklive - Blur
Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 and Schumann Symphony No 4 - Mendelssohn
The Cabin In The Woods (OST) - David Julyan
Something Is Wrong: Vintage Recordings From East Africa - Various Artists
To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul - Various Artists
Everybody's Fine (OST) - Dario Marianelli
Marvellous Boy: Calypso from West Africa - Various Artists
Open Strings: 1920s Middle Eastern Recordings, New Responses - Various Artists
The Last Station (OST) - Sergey Yevtushenko
Igor (OST) - Patrick Doyle
Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929 - Various Artists
Messages: OMD Greatest Hits - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Nim's Island (OST) - Patrick Doyle
Sprigs of Time: 78s from the EMI Archive - Various Artists
Becoming Jane (OST) - Adrian Johnston
Miss Potter (OST) - Nigel Westlake
The Best Of The Imperial Recordings 1965-1968 - Cher
William Shakespeare's As You Like It (Music From The HBO Film) - Patrick Doyle
Nanny McPhee (OST) - Patrick Doyle
V For Vendetta (Soundtrack) - Dario Marianelli
Wah-Wah (Original Score) - Patrick Doyle
Deep Velvet / Old Gold and Ivory - George Shearing
Feoffee's Lands - Jacqui McShee's Pentangle
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (OST) - Patrick Doyle
Pride & Prejudice (OST) - Jean Yves Thibaudet
The Return (OST) - Dario Marianelli
The Romantic Approach / Sophisticated Approach - Stan Kenton
I Shall Not Remove 1975-1980 - Cornell Campbell
Shanty Town Determination 1976-1978 - Trinity
The Children Of Jah 1977-1979 - The Chantells
129 Beat Street Ja Man Special 1975-1978 - Junior Byles
Dreader Dread 1976-1978 - Johnny Clarke
Forward The Bass: Dub From Randy's, 1972-1975 - Impact All-Stars
Good Vibes 1975-1979 - Horace Andy
Jesus Dread 1972-1977 - Yabby You
Morwell Unlimited Meet King Tubby's Dub Me - King Tubby
Dub In The Roots Tradition - Scientist
Heart Of The Congos - The Congos
Only Love Can Conquer 1976-1979 - Prince Alla
Termination Dub - King Tubby
Voodooism - Lee "Scratch" Perry
Duran Duran - Duran Duran
In The Light / In The Light Dub - Horace Andy
The Best Of Saxon [Caroline] - Saxon
Seven And The Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran
True - Spandau Ballet