High-end PMC, Genelec upgrades for Metropolis Studios

New ‘state-of-the-art’ monitoring systems have been installed in Metropolis’ main studios A and B, as part of a major £250k refurbishment programme at the world-class recording facility in west London.

Studio A, home to seminal recordings from Amy Winehouse to Queen, has been upgraded with PMC’s flagship QB1-A, while Studio B, which has played host to Will.i.am, Adele and many more, is now equipped with Genelec’s high-end 1236 and 8351 speakers.

“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,” said PMC owner Peter Thomas.

Lars-Olof Janflod of Genelec added: “Having had Metropolis among the first customers for our 1035 flagship product dating back to 1989 and until now – so for 27 years – the 1035’s 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, the latest in monitoring technology.”

Ian Brenchley, CEO of Metropolis Studios, also commented: “We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with both PMC and Genelec – two benchmarks in the audio world. 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.”

To mark the launch of the refurbished studios, Metropolis will hold a special event on 16 June to showcase the new-look spaces.

The programme will include:

Studio A

  • PMC will be demonstrating the newly installed QB1 Main Monitors with Metropolis’ chief engineer, Sam Wheat (Amy Winehouse, Lionel Ritchie, Ellie Goulding) remixing from stems of a live band session to highlight the benefits of the high-resolution monitoring, while auditioning PMC’s TwoTwo nearfield monitors
  • PMC’s Ian Downs will discuss the thinking behind the design of the QB1 speakers

Studio B

  • Visitors will be able to listen to the new Genelec 1236 main monitors 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 the ”Give Peaks a chance” seminar with Lund the opportunity to win a pair of Genelec 8010A’s complete with 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 (Elton John, Jeff Beck, Massive Attack), will share his wealth of mastering knowledge with attendees through his PMC BB5 XBD-A equipped mastering suite at the Chiswick complex – the same PMC system that was first installed 23 years ago and has since been supported, upgraded and maintained.