Giles Martin on Remixing The Beatles

Utilizing the power of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media, and in particular Avid Pro Tools, Giles Martin has written, produced and mixed music projects that take us into ‘Beatlemania’, including high-definition mixes for the DVD compilation Beatles ‘1+’ and preparing the Beatles’ catalog for streaming and restoration, and remastering audio files from early Beatles concerts for the recent Ron Howard documentary about the band’s touring years.

“I’ve had the privilege of overseeing the remixes of classic Beatles tracks for over 10 years now. Still today, it’s thrilling to get inside and hear the original recordings, hearing the quirks of isolated vocal and instrumental tracks, and how it was all recorded on tape,” he said.

When discussing how Avid was pivotal in the remastering of 1’s and 1+’s, the expanded Beatles compilation album, Martin explains, “I always try to respect the original mixes of these much loved songs, despite reworking the entire structure of the music, I never want to feel as though I’m changing the essence of these classics. When I mix, there really are no rules, and if there was, I’d probably ignore them – it’s all about feeling!”

Thinking about how kit and consoles are the ultimate foundations of the studio, Giles Martin explains, “Recording and mixing music is like a palette of colors. I mix at Abbey Road in London, and we have way more colors than most other painters – including vintage microphones and heritage consoles. When I’m remixing the catalog of songs, we use the old heritage desks combined with the power of the new and modern Avid Pro Tools | S6. In my book, all pathways in music production lead to wonderful sounds coming out of speakers.”

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