Simon Gibson

Mastering Engineer

Simon comes from a classical music background with degrees from the Royal College of Music London and Cambridge University. He joined Abbey Road Studios as a mastering engineer in 1990.

From restoring 100 year-old 78s to extracting the full potential of 5.1 surround sound, Simon manages every kind of mastering. He's equally at home with vintage analogue and cutting-edge digital equipment and works on any musical genre from classical to heavy metal.

An expert in 5.1 music projects, Simon has mastered the work of some of the world's best known names in pop, rock and classical music, including The Beatles (Yellow Submarine), Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Wings (Rockshow), Kylie, Sigur Ros (Heima), U2, Keane, Nigel Kennedy, and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Other surround projects have included the 25th Anniversary recording of the London stage version of Miss Saigon, the legendary Argentine band Indio Solari (Live at La Plata 2008), Final Symphony, a symphonic album derived from the music to the Final Fantasy games series and the Disney musical Newsies.

Simon has also mastered soundtrack albums for many Hollywood blockbusters, including The Hobbit (Parts 2 and 3), Into the Woods, San Andreas, Macbeth, Les Miserables, Skyfall and Spectre, The King's Speech and the 5.1 audio versions for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2). Since working on Howard Shore's scores to The Hobbit, Simon has mastered the complete back catalogue of Shore's film scores, including Naked Lunch and Crash, as well as more recent movie soundtracks Maps to the Stars and Spotlight.

One of the world's foremost audio restorers, Simon was responsible for all 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. Other 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. In 2017, Simon worked on the 50th Anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Highly respected as a classical archive remastering engineer, Simon won a Gramophone Award in 2007 for the CD remaster 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 and Warner, 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 in Japan. This huge project began with recordings made by the legendary German conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, including his acclaimed Wagner Ring Cycle from 1953. 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 audio restoration and mastering, Simon has featured on BBC Radio 2's The Record Producers and In Concert. He's given talks about his work to the UK branch of the AES in London and to students on Surrey University's Tonmeister course. Outside the world of audio engineering, Simon still finds time to play the organ and conduct his local church choir.

Highlights:

The Beatles Album Remasters (2009)

Howard Shore - The Hobbit: Parts 2 & 3

Sigur Ros - Heima (DVD)

Herbert von Karajan - Recordings with the Berlin Philharmoniker
Verdi - Requiem (DVD)

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

Lyrita - British Composers(catalogue remastered to CD)

Great Cathedral Organs Series

Miss Saigon- London Cast Live 25th Anniversary Recording

Thomas Newman - Skyfall

Discography

All the Money in the World - Daniel Pemberton
Equinox - Voices8
Broadchurch Series 3 Original Soundtrack - Olafur Arnalds
Half A Sixpence - Original 2016 London Cast
Self Titled - The Ayoub Sisters
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary - The Beatles
Singing My Dreams - Carly Paoli
The Classics - Hans Zimmer
The Halcyon OST - Samuel Sim
The Story in Concert - War Horse
Vaughan Williams & Bernstein - Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Wonderland Tour Live in 5.1 - Take That
Working - London Cast Recording - Stephen Schwartz
Assassin's Creed - Jed Kurzel
Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith & London Cast
House Of All Seasons - House Of All Seasons
Kinky Boots - London Cast
Kynren - Nathan Stornetta
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary [DVD] - London Cast
Mrs Henderson Presents - London Cast
‘Live at La Plata 2008’ - Indio Solari
Final Symphony - London Symphony Orchestra
Into The Woods (OST) - Stephen Sondeim
Journey East - Nemanja Radulovic
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Macbeth
Pas De Deux - James Horner
San Andreas Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Andrew Lockington
Spectre (Soundtrack) - Thomas Newman
Spotlight (OST) - Howard Shore
St Matthews Passion (Remaster Warner Music Japan) - Bach
The Danish Girl (OST) - Alexandre Despot
The Hunt (Original TV Soundtrack) - Steven Price
The Lady In The Van (OST) - George Fenton
(25th Anniversary) - Miss Saigon
Delta Machine  - Depeche Mode
Live In Berlin - Depeche Mode
Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Edition - Original 2014 London Cast
Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner 1951-1960 - Karajan
Pas De Deux - James Horner
The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies - Howard Shore
Les Misérables - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (OST) - Howard Shore
Wings Over America (Paul McCartney Archive Collection) - Paul McCartney & Wings
Wings’ Rockshow Movie  - Wings’
Bond For Orchestra  - Philharmonia Orchestra and Carl Davis
RAM (Paul McCartney Archive Collection) - Paul McCartney & Wings
Skyfall (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Thomas Newman
The Calling - Meav
Yellow Submarine (Restored) - The Beatles
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Alexandre Desplat
The 50 Greatest Pieces Of Classical Music - London Philharmonic Orchestra
The King Speech - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection) - Paul McCartney & Wings
Celebrating 50 Years Devoted To British Music - Various Artists
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Alexandre Desplat
Enchanted voices - Howard Goodall
England, My England - Cambridge Choir of King's College
Icon - Nathan Milstein
No Line On The Horizon (Remastered) - U2
The Beatles – Album Remasters  - The Beatles
The Beatles Box Set - Remastered in Stereo - The Beatles
Too Shy - the Best of Kajagoogoo & Limahl [CD & DVD]
All Together Now - The Beatles
Eternal - Best Of Libera - Libera
Icon - Dennis Brain
Live from Lugano  - martha Argerich
My Puccini  - Angela Gheorghiv
One Giant Leap - What About Me? [DVD] - Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman
Organ Works - Bach
Recovery/Discovery - Harrison Birtwistle, Javier Alvarez ,Jonathan Harvey, Mira Calix
Under A Blood Red Sky (DVD Remastered) - U2
Akon His Story DVD - Akon
Celtic Woman Live DVD - Celtic Woman
Help DVD - The Beatles
Live in London DVD - Keane
Popmart DVD - U2
Puccini Turandot - Maria Callas
Recital at La Scala, Milan  - Angela Gheorghiu
Sigur Ros Heima DVD - Sigur Ros
Singles Collection CD - Vera Lynn
Spice Girls Live at Wembley DVD - Spice Girls
Turandot - Puccini
  Delirious Live DVD - Delirious
  Pet Sounds companion DVD - Beach Boys
 Best of Live  1997 - 2006 - Robbie Williams
 Handel  Alcina   - Richard Hicko
 Karl Jenkins Kiri Sings Karl   - Kiri Te Kanawa
 Kraken Filarmonico   - Kraken  Filarmonico Orquestra de Bogota
 Living in the Material World  - George Harrison
 Reflections The Definitive Collection - The Supremes
Alinca - Handel
Andrew Lloyd Webber Starlight Express - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Arthur OST - Eric Serra
Blue Note Sessions - Nigel Kennedy
Late Orchestration Abbey Road - Kanye West
Polish Spirit  Live  - Nigel Kennedy
War of the Worlds  - Jeff Wayne
 Mind Body Soul Sessions - Joss Stone
All The Best - Tina Turner
Bel Canto Arias - Barry Banks
Best Of Blue - Blue
Chaos And Creation - Paul McCartney
Glastonbury Anthems - Glastonbury
Joe Cocker - Live in Germany  - Joe Cocker
Norah Jones - Live 2004 - Norah Jones
Paul McCartney - Liverpool Oratorio - Paul McCartney
Pet Shop Boys - Live In Birmingham - Pet Shop Boys
Roger Waters The Wall, Live in Berlin - Roger Waters
Skank - Live In Brazil - Skank
Supergrass Is 10 - Supergrass
Wagner - Tristan and Isolde
Body Song - Jonny Greenwood
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
Anthems From Kings - Kings College Cambridge
Borris Godunov  - Valery Gergiev
Divine Madness - Madness
Fever Tour, Live In Manchester - Kylie Minogue
Tosca - Puccini
Requiem, Live Recording in Berlin 2001 - Verdi