Miles Showell

Mastering Engineer

Brought up on a varied musical diet, thanks to a record shop owning family, Miles began his career at Utopia Studios in 1984, where he learned the fine arts of disc cutting and tape copying, as mastering used to be termed.

After a spell at Copymasters/Masterpiece he moved to Metropolis Mastering where he became well-known for his attention to detail and his determination to improve the vinyl format. Miles brought all that experience to Abbey Road when he joined us in 2013.

Using a mix of both vintage analogue and digital technologies, Miles is skilled in mastering all genres including dance, ethnic, folk, pure pop, guitar-based indie or crossover classical. He's worked his magic on many of the world's best-known artists, including Underworld, The Beatles, Disclosure, Iggy Azalea, Queen, Gareth Malone, Dido, ZHU, Eric Clapton, Faithless, The Staves, CeeLo Green, The Who, Lana Del Rey, The Rolling Stones, Gallant and The Sugababes.

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.

He's also in demand for his live direct-to-disc work. In 2014, he demonstrated this technique in front of an audience with Gorgon City and Underworld performing live in Studio One as their music was simultaneously cut onto a 12" 45 all live.

With his attitude in all things of good enough is not good enough; Miles has continued to push not only mastering, but the vinyl format further when he acquired his very own Neumann VMS 80 lathe. Typical of him he had it extensively restored, customised and rewired with the finest cable before he would use it. He describes it as the greatest sounding vinyl disc cutting system of his career - and he has used some very good ones in the past.

Highlights:

Dido - Life For Rent

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th anniversary edition)

Above and Beyond - Acoustic and Acoustic II

Portishead - Dummy

ABBA - Arrival(40th anniversary remaster and half speed mastered vinyl)

Gallant - Ology

The Police - Ghost In The Machine (remaster and half speed mastered vinyl)

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (10th anniversary restoration, re-master and half speed mastered vinyl

Marvin Gaye -What's Going On (remaster and half speed mastered vinyl)

Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

Phil Collins - entire solo catalogue re-mastered

ZHU - Generationwhy

Pete Townshend - entire solo catalogue re-mastered

Queen - The Studio Collection (half speed mastered vinyl box set)

Discography

Disraeli Gears (Half-Speed Remaster) - Cream
Exile On Main Street (Half-Speed Remaster) - The Rolling Stones
Fire And Water (Half-Speed Remaster) - Free
Ghost In The Machine (Half-Speed Remaster) - The Police
New Gold Dream (Half-Speed Remaster) - Simple Minds
Solid Air (Half-Speed Remaster) - John Martyn
A Chord Too Far - Tony Banks
Songs from The Falling - Tracey Thorn
The Fine Art Of Hanging On - The Leisure Society
Truancy The Best of Pete Townshend - Pete Townshend
Acoustic - Above & Beyond
Alias - The Magic Numbers
Faded - Zhu
Live In Berlin - Depeche Mode
Reclassified - Iggy Azalea
The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
Wanderlust - Sophie Ellis Bextor
Dead & Born & Grown - The Staves
Girl Who Got Away - Dido
Greatest Hits - Dido
I See Fire - Ed Sheeran
The Weight Of Your Love - Editors
Baby The Stars Shine Bright...Plus - Everything But The Girl
Company - Andy Burrows
Isles Of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics - Various Artists
One Day I'm Going To Soar - Dexys
Slowhand - Eric Clapton
The Snowman And The Snowdog - Ilan Eshkeri & Andy Burrows
The Studio Albums - The Who
Tinsel and Lights - Tracey Thorn