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Sam Okell mixes with The Beatles

Sam Okell

Congratulations to Sam Okell (OW 1998 and Foundation Fellow), who is a senior engineer at Abbey Road Studios, has been awarded an Emmy Award, to sit alongside his two Grammys, for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program - The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.

Sam says “the best thing about being an engineer at Abbey Road is being able to work in some of the greatest recording rooms in the world. This is the stuff that only a few engineers get their hands on…the variety and range of projects is really special, from film scores and orchestras, to bands and remixing some of the classic albums of all time!”

He played drums, piano, guitar and percussion from an early age and was always the technical one even then, playing with the P.A. or an 8-track recorder. After Wells he took the Tonmeister degree course at Surrey University which included a placement year at Abbey Road. He made such a good impression that he was taken on full time after graduating in 2002.

His credits include many major film scores, such as Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Shrek 3 and many others. He won a Grammy for his role in re-mastering the entire Beatles catalogue.