Metropolis Studios today announce a new phase in their studio history. Continuing their long standing relationships with speaker suppliers PMC and Genelec, Metropolis have unveiled new state of the art monitor systems in flagship studios A and B, as part of a major £250k refurbishment programme at the world class recording facility in Chiswick, West London.
Studio A, home to seminal recordings from Amy Winehouse to Queen, is upgraded with PMC’s flagship QB1-A monitoring system. PMC owner, Peter Thomas, commented “We are delighted to have played such a significant part in the Metropolis studios refurbishment which builds on our 23 year relationship. The QB1-A’s are a real step change in high-end reference monitoring”
Studio B, the iconic studio that has born witness to iconic artists like Will I Am, Adele etc, now enjoys Genelec 1236 and 8351 monitoring systems. Lars-Olof Janflod of Genelec commented “having had Metropolis among the first customers for our 1035 flagship product dating back to 1989 and until now, so for 27 years the 1035s have served Metropolis Studio A & B. Thus it’s a pleasure to be able to continue this legacy with our new monitors, 1236 in the Smart Active Monitor (SAM)” family, the latest in monitoring technology.
“We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with both PMC and Genelec – two benchmarks in the audio world. As part of our continuing evolution at Metropolis as the gold bearer for recording, our new monitor setups from PMC and Genelec provide the best in class for our artists”.
Ian Brenchley, CEO of Metropolis Studios
To mark the launch of the refurbished studios, Metropolis Studios will hold a special event on June 16th to showcase the state of the art studios.
The programme will include…
Studio A – PMC
- PMC will be demonstrating the newly installed QB1 Main Monitors with Metropolis’ chief engineer, Sam Wheat (Amy Winehouse, Lionel Ritchie, Ellie Goulding) remixing from stems of a live band session to highlight the benefits of the high resolution monitoring whilst auditioning PMC’s TwoTwo Nearfield Monitors.
- PMC’s Ian Downs will discuss the thinking behind the design of the QB1 speakers.
Studio B – Genelec
- Genelec will offer an opportunity to listen to the new main monitors 1236 and also the new and revolutionary 8351 Coaxial three-way system.
- Genelec senior technologist Thomas Lund will give a seminar about loudness. Lund has extensive experience in pro-audio development, especially in the fields of loudness metering, sound exposure, dose management, true-peak detection, immersive sound and format conversion. Genelec offers everyone that takes part in the ”Give Peaks a chance” seminar with Thomas Lund the opportunity to win a pair of Genelec 8010A in a carrying bag.
- Neil Tucker, who has engineered for Will.I.Am, Ne-Yo and Alicia Keys, will also perform a demonstration of the new main monitors.
In addition, Metropolis’ legendary mastering engineer Tony Cousins (Elton John, Jeff Beck, Massive Attack), will share his wealth of mastering knowledge with attendees through his PMC BB5 XBD-A equipped mastering suite at Metropolis, the same PMC system that was first installed 23 years ago and has been since supported, upgraded and maintained ensuring it remains at the cutting edge of mastering tools.
Metropolis is home to the most successful independent recording, mastering, creative and production facility in Europe, offering unrivalled services for the entertainment industries. Based in a former power station for Chiswick’s trams in the early 20th century, approximately 50% of the UK Top 40 charts is either recorded, mixed, mastered, or creatively treated within Metropolis’ stunning Grade II ‘Power House’ complex.
Further to this, the new Metropolis Artist Services division is a UK #1 selling and Grammy nominated record label, a music publishing company, producer of TV shows and we frequently host industry events and showcases.
We’ve worked with a wealth of artists from all genres over the years, including Queen, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, U2, will.i.am, The Stone Roses, Rihanna, The Verve, Mark Ronson, One Direction, Adele, The Clash, Maroon 5, The Cure, Madonna, Justin Bieber and Lana Del Rey. www.thisismetropolis.com
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.
Since 1978 Genelec has developed high quality studio monitors and active speaker systems. Over the years and based on customer requirements, Genelec R&D team’s technical ambition has led to several innovative technologies and revolutionary designs which have refined every product to set a benchmark in the industry. Maintaining a wide product offering has given Genelec challenges and ultimately a lot of experience. Every Genelec customer benefits from this experience by having precision tools to rely on. This commitment in research and development has led Genelec to become the leader in the niche business of audio monitoring worldwide.
Genelec products are designed for demanding professional, home and AV installation use. They reveal the original nuances of the sound, without leaving anything out nor adding anything to the signal in any stage of the production. Genelec products are made to last, with pride and care by our own production staff in Finland. Many of our very first products are still in active use and we continue our strong commitment to provide service and spare parts for all products for at least five years after their discontinuation, in many cases much longer. www.genelec.com