Metropolis Studios has launched a brand-new, state-of-the-art 3D audio mixing facility at the heart of our West London complex.
Coinciding with the launch, the Dolby certified studio has agreed a content deal with Amazon Music who will use the studio as its UK-based HQ for spatial mixing and we are delighted that they have chosen Metropolis to represent them.
Metropolis has also teamed up with immersive audio content production experts Sonosphere on the design and specification of the new studio and to support our creative mix workflow alongside our award winning team of in-house Mix and Mastering engineers.
The new studio will enable established and emerging artists to unlock the exciting potential of 3D audio. The control room pursues a flexible ‘hub studio’ approach with a bespoke designed console which can be moved anywhere in the room allowing for multiple use including all mixing desk based workflows, show pre-production and live broadcast.
With the loudspeakers arrayed at 30° of separation, the audio monitoring in the new studio is designed to cater for all surround formats, including Dolby Atmos. Our studio has the highest Dolby resolution in the UK at 11.1.8 with 11 loudspeakers in the horizontal 360’ plane, 8 height loudspeakers from front to rear and a sub array.
Dolby Atmos is an immersive audio format using object-based rather than channel-based delivery enabling the same master to scale to the number of speakers in any system, whether that’s a simple two-channel stereo, a 5.1 channel surround, a fully immersive 7.1.4 (or more!) surround system (the third digit in Dolby Atmos refers to the number of height speakers), or a binaural representation on headphones. With Dolby Atmos the artist is able to place each object in a precise 3-dimensional location, which will be rendered in real time during playback to the appropriate speaker in whatever system is available.