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Metropolis Studios
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mixing desk in Studio B
Location London (UK)
Established 1989
Founders

Gary Langan

Carey Taylor

Karin Clayton

No. of studios 4
recording studios

Metropolis Studios is a recording studio facility consisting of 4 recording and mixing studios and 4 production rooms, established in 1989 by Gary Langan, Carey Taylor and Karin Clayton. It is the largest independent recording facility in Europe and was the first division to be established of Metropolis Group. Metropolis Mastering was established in 1993 by mastering engineers Ian Cooper, Tim Young and Tony Cousins. The Digital Media and Productions division was established a short time later. Metropolis Group is located in The Power House, a Grade II listed building, at 70 Chiswick High Road in Chiswick, London, England.

Studio AEdit

Studio A is the larger of the two tracking rooms at Metropolis. The 60m2 control room houses an SSL 9072 'J' series console with Genelec1035A main monitors. It is considered to be Metropolis’ ideal room for tracking or mixing. The studio area comprises three rooms with differing acoustic properties: a main area (90m2), a stone room (15m2) and a 'dead' room (15m2), each with ceilings close to 6m high and excellent lines of sight for musicians and engineers. All of these areas have natural daylight and can handle demanding tracking and orchestral sessions of up to 26 players. Studio A boasts a self contained private lounge (with tie lines, kitchen and toilet) overlooking the live areas. Studio AEquipment: A SSL 9072 J series console, Genelec 1035A main monitoring, Yamaha NS10, PMC or Auratone nearfield monitoring, Quad 520F amps, Three separate recording areas, largest suitable for up to 26 piece string section, Private reception area, lounge, kitchen and toilet, Custom 8-way foldback system, House sync, Protool HD 3 with Prism ADA-8 interfaces configured to 24 inputs & outputs (expandable) or Otari MTR 100(with dolby A or SR), Standard Plug-in set includes : Waves Gold, Autotune, Serato Pitch n Time, Soundtoys, McDSP, Sonnox EQ, Timeline Lynx syncronisation, Ampex ATR-100 1/2" or 1/4" with dolby A or SR, Panasonic 3700/3800 DAT machines. HHB CDR / Denon CD, DVD/SACD Player, Superb sounding Fazioli 7'6" grand piano and Large surface areas for extra ancillary equipment.

Outboard: Lexicon : 480L, PCM 70, AMS : DMX delay, Manley variable MU stereo valve compressor, Maselec Prism : EQH-2 eq, MLA-2 compressor, DBX : 2x 160, 2x 165, Roland : DimD , SDE3000x2(with analogue trigger), Eventide H3000 D/SE, Pultec : 2x EQP1A valve eq, GML 8200 stereo EQ, Urie 2x UA 1176, Neve 2x 2254 compressors with stereo link, Ensoniq DP4 multi fx, Drawmer : 3x DS 201 gates SSL rackmount stereo compressor, Panscan panner, BSS DPR 402 de-esser, Yamaha Rev7, SPX1000, SPX90, Bel Flanger BF-20.

Studio BEdit

Studio B is the second of two tracking rooms at Metropolis Group. The 35m2 control room features an SSL G series 4064 console with Genelec 1035A monitoring. The studio is very self contained and is most commonly used for album sessions at any stage from conception to tracking and mix. A notable feature of this studio is its private lounge and dining/kitchen area, which are incorporated into the control room environment by opening the two large acoustic doors at the rear of the control room. The space can be used more economically by utilising the mobile outboard racks, allowing efficient placement of outboard and computer equipment during recording and mix sessions as projects dictate. The live area comprises a central live area (30m2) flanked by two isolated areas (20 & 12m2) with more controlled acoustics. The dead corridor between control & live rooms has tie lines and amp/vocal space. [1][2]The Mixing Desk In Studio BEquipment: A SSL 9072 J series console, Genelec 1035A main monitoring, Yamaha NS10, PMC or Auratone nearfield monitoring, Quad 520F amps, Three separate recording areas, largest suitable for up to 26 piece string section, Private reception area, lounge, kitchen and toilet, Custom 8-way foldback system, House sync, Protool HD 3 with Prism ADA-8 interfaces configured to 24 inputs & outputs (expandable) or Otari MTR 100(with dolby A or SR), Standard Plug-in set includes : Waves Gold, Autotune, Serato Pitch n Time, Soundtoys, McDSP, Sonnox EQ, Timeline Lynx syncronisation, Ampex ATR 100 1/2" or 1/4" with dolby A or SR, Panasonic 3700/3800 DAT machines. HHB CDR / Denon CD, DVD/SACD Player and a superb sounding Fazioli 7'6" grand piano and large surface areas for extra ancillary equipment.

Outboard: Lexicon : 480L, PCM 70, AMS : DMX delay, Manley variable MU stereo valve compressor, Maselec Prism : EQH-2 eq, MLA-2 compressor, DBX : 2x 160, 2x 165, Roland : DimD , SDE3000x2(with analogue trigger), Eventide H3000 D/SE, Pultec : 2x EQP1A valve eq, GML 8200 stereo EQ, Urie 2x UA 1176, Neve 2x 2254 compressors with stereo link, Ensoniq DP4 multi fx, Drawmer : 3x DS 201 gates, SSL rackmount stereo compressor, Panscan panner, BSS DPR 402 de-esser, Yamaha Rev7, SPX1000, SPX90 and a Bel Flanger BF-20.

Studio CEdit

Studio C is one of the three recording studios on the top floor at Metropolis. Built around a 72 channel Neve VR console, it is fitted with PMC main monitoring. The control room (55m2), which looks out into the atrium and enjoys natural daylight, is particularly suited to mix sessions involving a lot of additional equipment with its large worktop area (6m2) behind the mix position. At the back of the room is an overdub booth (10m2), ideal for percussion, vocals or guitars. The control room has been designed with a machine bay that will accommodate up to three multitrack machines and is positioned to allow for full visibility of all DAW systems and/or multitrack metering from the console.

Equipment: NEVE VR 72 channel console, Flying Faders v3.1 automation, PMC BB5/XBD active main monitoring system, Yamaha NS10, PMC, or Auratone nearfield monitoring, Quad 520 F/Bryston 3B amp, Overdub booth, Custom 8-way foldback system, Prism AD1 / DA1 converters, House sync, Protools HD3 with Prism ADA-8 interfaces configured to 24 inputs & outputs (expandable) or Otari MTR 100(with dolby A or SR), Standard Plug-in set includes : Waves Gold, Autotune, Serato Pitch n Time, Soundtoys, McDSP, Sonnox EQ, Timeline Lynx syncronisation with system supervisor, Ampex ATR 100 1/2" or 1/4" with dolby A or SR, Panasonic 3700/3800 DAT machines. HHB CDR / Marantz CD, Comprehensive analogue and Z systems digital routing., 32" Plasma Screen and a Sony DVD Player.

Outboard: Lexicon : 480L, 224X, PCM 70, T.C. M5000, AMS : DMX delay, RMX 16 reverb, Yamaha REV 5, SPX 900, 2x SPX 1000 multi FX, Roland : DimD, SDE3000x2(with analogue trigger), Maselec Prism : EQH-2 eq, MLA-2 compressor, PULTEC : 2x EQH 2, 2x MEQ 5 valve eq, Manley variable MU stereo valve compressor, DBX 160 x2, Urie 3x UA 1176, GML 8200 stereo EQ, NEVE 33609 stereo compressor, FOCUSRITE : 2x ISA 131 compressors, K H : custom mod.UE 400 2 channel eq, Panscan panner, Drawmer : 2x DS 201 gates, Eventide H3000 D/SE, Bel Stereo Flanger BF-20, T.C. 2290 Digital Delay, Empirical Labs : 2x Distressor EL8-X (with British Mode) and EMT 244 reverb.

Studio EEdit

Studio E is the room most often utilized for 5.1 mixing and as a sound to picture room. An SSL XL 9072K series console running in conjunction with the 5.1 PMC main monitors and M&K nearfield monitors makes this room sought after for large mixing projects and overdubbing. Enjoying views of the atrium with its natural daylight, the 55m2 control room has an overdub booth (9m2) with outstanding line of sight to the console. A separate machine bay and two large plasma screens complete studio E.

Equipment: SSL XL 9072 K series console with Ultipan 5.1 panning, PMC BB5 / XBD / MB1 active 5.1 main monitoring system, Yamaha NS10, PMC, or Auratone nearfield monitoring, Bryston amps, 4x Prism A/D1 and D/A1, Comprehensive Z systems multi-channel digital routing, N-Vision house sync, 2x 42" Plasma Screens, Overdub booth, Protools HD3 with Prism ADA-8 interfaces configured to 24 inputs & outputs (expandable) or Otari MTR 100 multitracks (dolby A and SR) / MTR 90 mk 2, Timeline Lynx syncronisation, Standard Plug-in set includes : Waves Gold, Autotune, Serato Pitch n Time, Soundtoys, McDSP, Sonnox EQ, Ampex ATR 100 1/2" or 1/4" with dolby A or SR, Panasonic 3700/3800 DAT machines. HHB CDR / Denon CD, VHS/DVD/SACD Player and a Custom 8-way foldback system.

Outboard: Lexicon : 480L, 224X, PCM 70, T.C. M6000 multi channel reverb, AMS : DMX delay, RMX 16 reverb,Yamaha REV 5, SPX 900, Roland : Dim D, SDE3000x2(with analogue trigger), Manley variable MU stereo valve compressor, Tube Tech : 2x CL1A valve compressor, 2x PE1B Valve EQ, Neve : 33609 stereo compressor, DBX : 2x 160 compressors, Urie 2x UA 1176, Maselec Prism : EQH-2 eq, MLA-2 compressor, GML 8200 stereo EQ, K H : custom mod. UE 400 2 channel eq, Panscan panner, Drawmer : 2x DS 201 gates, Ensoniq DP/4 multi-fx, BEL BF-20 Flanger (1u grey), Eventide H3000 D/SE, Empirical Labs : 2x Distressor EL8-X (with British Mode), Summit : 1x TLA50 tube leveller, Chandler : Germanium Mic Pre/DI.

Albums and ArtistsEdit

Whether they have been fully recorded, mixed or mastered, many famous albums have been made at Metropolis Group. Some of the most notable releases include: The Verve Urban Hymns, The Stone Roses The Second Coming, Queen Made In Heaven & Innuendo, U.N.K.L.E Psyence Fiction, Scott Walker Tilt, The Libertines The Libertines, and Grammy Award winners Amy Winehouse Back To Black & Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as well as the massive Live Aid & Live 8 DVDs.

Recent US artists & producers include Jimmy Iovine, Black Eyed Peas, Timbaland, Chris Cornell, Lady Gaga, Ron Fair, Akon, Anastacia, John Legend, Michael Bolton, Kelly Rowland, Usher and The Game.

ArtistsEdit

Metropolis Studios have been used by a wide range of artists including:

Duran DuranEdit

Recordings were made at the studios by Duran Duran for the Red Carpet Massacre album.

OthersEdit

50 Cent, Adele, Akon, All Saints, Amy Winehouse, Avril Lavigne, Ayumi Hamasaki, Babyshambles, Beyonce, Bjork, Black Eyed Peas, Black Kids, Blue, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, Bruce Dickinson, Celine Dion, DJ Shadow, Elton John, Eminem, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Faithless, Garbage, George Michael, Goldie, Green Day, Groove Armada, I Am Kloot, Iron Maiden, James Morrison, Jamiroquai, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Katherine Jenkins, Keith Urban, Kelly Rowland, KT Tunstall, Kylie, Ladyhawke, Lauryn Hill, Led Zeppelin, Lemon Jelly, Lily Allen, Madonna, Mark Ronson, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Mis-Teeq, Moloko, Nas, New Order, Nick Cave, Paolo Nutini, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Placebo, Pulp, Queen, Richard Ashcroft, Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Roisin Murphy, Scissor Sisters, Scott Walker, Simply Red, Slipknot, Snow Patrol, Starsailor, Stereophonics, Sting, The Clash, The Cure, The Dandies, The Game, The Kills, The Libertines, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, The Stone Roses, The Verve, The White Stripes, The Who, Timbaland, Tina Dico, Tom Jones, Tricky, U.N.K.L.E, U2, Underworld, Usher, Van Morrison, Vanessa Mae, Will.I.Am, Yusuf Islam, Cheryl Cole.

ProducersEdit

Alan Moulder, Bill Price, Butch Vig, Chris Potter, Dave Stewart, Gary Langan, Gus Dugeon, Marius DeVries, Mark Ronson, Michael Kamen, Nellee Hooper, Phil Spector, Sir George Martin, Timbaland, Tom Elmhirst.

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