Peter Mew

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Peter Mew is a British music audio engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he is now senior mastering engineer. He came to Abbey Road in 1965 as a tape operator and has since worked with many artists at the studio.[1][2] Kevin Ayers of Soft Machine has called Mew "the best engineer I've ever worked with".[3]

He has criticized the loudness war of dynamic range compression in CD recording,[4] but also said that it is necessary to sell as many records as possible.[5]


Mew has had a prolific career at the Abbey Road Studios, home base of groups like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and recording engineers such as Alan Parsons. He was involved on the historic Syd Barrett solo recordings, and remastered his compilation albums.

He started his career at Abbey Road as a tea boy, then tape-op, and finally as a recording engineer, on Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow, in 1967. He was responsible for not deadening the studio, keeping its multidimensional sound, thereby allowing the installations to be used for orchestral sessions, and giving the studio its trademark sound.[1]

During the early 1980s he pioneered the CD preparation installation in the studio, while working on several outstanding projects.

He now works as a Senior Engineer, mastering records in stereo and surround, on CD, DVD, and SACD. Working with the Sonic Solutions suite, he has restored albums by a very considerable number of artists (basically most of those who have used the Abbey Road facilities at one point or another).[2]


  1. ^ a b Jackson, Blair (2002-07-01). "Abbey Road at 70". Mix Magazine (Penton Media). Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Peter Mew's Biography". Abbey Road Studios website. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Ayers names Peter Mew as "the best engineer I've ever worked with"". Abbey Road website. September 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Rock so loud it makes you sick". Herald Sun. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2009-02-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (2007-11-16). "Do the songs remain the same?". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-02-28.