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Q&A with Metropolis Studios

Today we have a Q&A session with Stuart Hawkes, a Mastering Engineer at the infamous Metropolis Studios in London - Europe's largest independent recording studio complex.

Ditto: Which major artists have you worked with?
Stuart Hawkes: I’ve worked with Magnetic Man, Katy B, Jamie Woon, James Morrison, Chase & Status, Amy Winehouse, Pendulum, Example, Cee Lo Green, Nero & many many more!

Ditto: Who has been your favorite artist to work with?
Stuart: I really don't have a favourite, every project has its merits, but finding myself at the Grammy's in LA after mastering Amy Winehouse's Back to Black has to have been the most rewarding!

Ditto: Do you offer discounted mastering services to unsigned artists? If so, do they receive the same attention and mastering quality as signed artists?
Stuart: Yes, all the engineers here offer a lower rate mastering service for independent acts, using exactly the same gear and offering exactly the same attention and quality as with any act we work with – check out or email to find out more about it.

Ditto: What services do you offer that set you apart from other studios?

Stuart: It's not so much what extra services we supply, but the quality of the product we produce. There are many companies that offer to master your album for the price of a
packet of cigarettes but I've had many unhappy producers play me the results. We do not master 'in the box' using plug-ins, at Metropolis we use the finest analogue & valve equipment together with various digital hardware, in great sounding studios to achieve unbeatable results.

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