In addition to mastering for digital download and CD, we offer a broad range of further services to suit your every need.
Mastered for iTunes
Through research, knowledge and experimentation, the mastering engineers at Metropolis developed ways to optimise your music for iTunes so that it sounds fantastic when encoded to Apple’s AAC format, and as such we were one of their first UK-approved mastering facilities for the format.
5.1 Surround, DVD & Blu-ray
We have three bespoke 5.1 surround mastering studios, designed to offer the very best environment for critical listening. With the facility to sync audio to picture, we have everything you need to complete your project whether it’s for DVD, Blu-ray or Blu-ray Pure Audio. After years of research and development, we have created an unique stereo to 5.1 upmix algorithm, to create stunning 5.1 from a stereo source. This has proved very popular on projects that require surround sound but only have stereo masters, and can be heard on many successful releases.
Our online music mastering service, iMastering, is ideal if you don’t require an attended session. It’s a cost efficient and convenient way of getting your music mastered. All iMastering sessions are carried out by the same award-winning mastering engineers listed in the Engineers section, using the same kit, techniques, care and attention as any other session. For more information and to arrange a booking, click here for more about iMastering.
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.
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.
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 any 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.