In July 2021, Metropolis Studios launched a new state-of-the-art 3D audio mixing facility at the heart of our West London complex, currently the highest
Our target was to enable established and emerging artists to unlock the exciting potential of 3D audio. Pursuing a flexible ‘hub studio’ approach, the room allows for multiple mixing desk-based workflows and is also connected to both Studios A and B allowing us to record and broadcast live in any immersive format, something we are just beginning to realize the full potential of.
Working With The Community
Combined with our active 5G Testbed and Trials Programme funded by the UK Government, an R&D project showcasing the power of 5G to enhance seamless live artist collaboration across three world-leading venues (the O2, Brighton Dome and Metropolis), we’ve expanded our expertise in immersive audio exponentially.
We have been working closely with the wider music community to share our knowledge, hosting regular industry demos and endless philosophical debates about immersive audio technology, how the landscape is changing, we think positively, in a similar sort of paradigm shift in the 60s that saw mono evolve to stereo.
Talk To Us
We have been faced with, and understand, much of the scepticism surrounding immersive formats, which in part has not been helped by the volume of inconsistent and often very badly mixed audio content available to music consumers. Together with no clear path as to how the extra outlay in mix costs will drive revenue, we clearly see that creativity has really been hampered by many of those who would normally be leading the charge. We’ve addressed this by working collaboratively with artists and producers to ensure all our immersive masters are aligned with their creative vision for the music.
We appreciate that we are in a privileged position having 40 years of experience and the best Mastering team in the world to draw from so we encourage you to come and talk to us about the format to ensure your music is handled by those who have earned the right to do so. Be wary of being dictated where you have your content mixed and mastered and don’t compromise on quality by settling for budget solutions.
Highlights So Far
Since our launch, we have been lucky enough to mix an incredible array of artists in Atmos including:
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- The Amazons
- Jack Savoretti
- Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
- Little Simz
- Alvaro Soler
- Billy Marten
- Don Broco
- Cautious Clay
- Milton Nascimento
- George Ezra
We want to highlight two Atmos projects that we are particularly proud of, Bonobo’s incredible new album “Fragments” released on Ninja Tune this month, mixed in Atmos by Mike Hillier, and “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” by Little Simz, released in 3D in December and mixed in Atmos by Liam Nolan, both available to listen to on respective DSPs.
“‘Mixing ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ in Dolby atmos was a fantastic experience. I approached the mix with the intent to immerse the listener further into the album by extending and building upon the already great stereo mix and letting the music envelope the listener.
This album lent itself well to the process because all of the tracks were already so engaging that visualizing them in a 3D space felt easy and natural. When it came to feedback and review, this process involved a playback of the album in atmos at our studio, with Little Simz providing mix notes as we went, which made the process very easy and efficient.” – Liam Nolan
Get In Touch
To find out more, enquire or book your mix head to our 3D/Atmos Page.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 020 8742 1111