الإتقان


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مركز الإتقان التابع ل-Metropolis أسس سنة 1993 بمجهود Ian Cooper، Tim Young و Tony Cousins.

كانت دوافعهم بسيطة: لإتقان موسيقي إلى مستوى لم يصل إليه أحد من قبل. في السنين اللاحقة، إنضم اليهم مهندسي إتقان آخرين؛ Stuart Hawkes، Mazen Murad و-John Davis وذلك لرفع المستوى والتوقعات. منذ البداية بنيت كل غرف الإتقان لأعلى المواصفات و بالتعامل مع شركة PMC الرائدة في صناعة مكبرات الصوت و Bryston Amplifiers. هذا يضمن أن لدينا أفضل الأجواء للإستماع والتقين، شركات PMC نسفت هذه الغرف “بأفضل البيئات الصوتية في العالم”

شريك آخر منذ زمن، هو شركة Prism التي تقدم المحاولات لتحويل أنالوغ إلى ديجيتال وديجيتال إلى أنالوغ. وبعد ذلك يتم تجهيز كل غرفة بمجموعة من الوحدات الخارجية وفقاً لإحتياجات المهندسين. المعدات المختارة للإستعمال في الغرف تأتي من شركات مثل: Sontec, Avalon, Maselec, Shadow Hills, Weiss, و TC Electronic.

من بين الخمس غرف المتوفرة لدينا، ثلاثة منهم لديها ستيريو وأيضاً 5.1 سروند ساوند. هذا يمكننا من إتقان العمل على فورمات مثل ال-BluRay و-SACD، وعلى إصدارات سينمائية. وأيضاً لدينا غرفتان تحتويان على قاطعة الفينيل VMS-80

Unattended Mastering

If you don’t require an attended session, iMastering is a convenient, secure and cost-effective way to get your music mastered by one of our world-class engineers.

Mastered for iTunes

Metropolis was one of the first mastering houses in the world to be approved by Apple to produce Mastered for iTunes masters. The experience of our engineers was paramount in developing methods to make music sound as good as possible in the AAC format used for iTunes and Apple Music.

5.1 Surround, DVD & Blu-ray

Three of our mastering rooms were designed from conception with 5.1 surround sound in mind. As such we have impeccable listening environments for multichannel jobs. We master for a variety of surround formats including video formats like DVD and BluRay as well as audio specific formats like SACD and DVD-A. After years of development work by our engineers we have developed several techniques for upmixing stereo or even mono material to 5.1. This provides a viable option where original tapes are not available, or budgets are particularly tight.

Vinyl Cutting

Our mastering engineers have decades of combined experience in cutting vinyl and know how to get the very best from the format. As the format enjoys a well deserved resurgence, our specialism in professionally produced vinyl results in stunning sound quality which comfortably holds its own against CD and other digital formats. We have two lovingly maintained Neuman VMS 80 cutting lathes, which have been further modified for optimum results.

Half Speed Vinyl Cutting

Vinyl cutting at half speed is a highly specialised process, and we are one of the few mastering studios in the world capable of this superior method of cutting. Both the playback system and the cutting lathe work at half speed, putting less stress on the vinyl cutter head. This produces a louder, cleaner cut which far surpasses what is achievable on a standard speed cut.

iMastering

For those who want the convenience of hassle free online mastering, you can book any of our engineers through the iMastering service. This is an entirely online service geared towards those who can’t or don’t want to attend the session and is charged at a per track price. Simply upload your files, and get your mastered tracks emailed back to you.

Unsigned Bands

We believe it’s important to support emerging talent, so we are happy to accommodate truly independent, self-funded artists wherever possible. Contact us directly to discuss your project with one of the team.

Live Direct-To-Vinyl

A live, direct-to-lacquer vinyl cut is a truly unique undertaking in this day and age. It is a highly labour-intensive and intricate all-analogue process, harking back to the days before tape recording was introduced midway through the last century. Synchronised, simultaneous live performing, engineering, mixing, mastering and cutting of the record eliminates all scope for hiding behind modern production techniques, and is not for performers faint of heart!

The process is so intricate that it requires a team of specialists to execute, and Metropolis Studios is one of the very few places on the planet still doing it. Capturing an artist’s live performance direct to a vinyl master, completely bypassing any digital processing and any other recording processes, produces a truly unique and ‘real’ sound that is impossible to replicate.


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