Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, West London, announces that it has new monitor systems in its flagship Studios A and B, as part of a major £250k refurbishment program. To mark the launch of the refurbished studios, Metropolis Studios will hold a special event on June 16, 2016 to showcase the state-of-the-art studios.
“We have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with both PMC and Genelec, two benchmarks in the audio world,” says Ian Brenchley, CEO of Metropolis Studios. “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.”
On June 16, in Studio A, PMC will be demonstrating the newly installed QB1 main monitors with Metropolis’ chief engineer, Sam Wheat, remixing from stems of a live band session to highlight the benefits of the high resolution monitoring while auditioning PMC’s TwoTwo near-field monitors. PMC’s Ian Downs will discuss the thinking behind the design of the QB1 speakers.
In Studio B, Genelec will offer an opportunity to listen to the new main monitors 1236 and also the new 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 its ”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’ mastering engineer Tony Cousins 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.
Studio A, home to recordings from Amy Winehouse to Queen, is upgraded with PMC’s flagship QB1-A monitoring system. PMC owner Peter Thomas, says, “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, which has hosted artists such as will.i.am and Adele, now has Genelec 1236 and 8351 monitoring systems. Lars-Olof Janflod of Genelec says, “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.