HHB Helps Metropolis Studios Continue Tradition of Innovation

Mastering engineer Stuart Hawkes in his newly upgraded studio in Metropolis

HHB Communications has helped London’s Metropolis Studios stay at the forefront of technology by providing state-of-the-art professional audio mastering equipment from Avalon, Sonnox, Z-Systems and Universal Audio.

The Metropolis Group’s new Managing Director Ian Brenchley intends to take the world-class facility into the future by enhancing the audio equipment within its facilities. As such, HHB has provided Metropolis’ mastering suites with Avalon AD2077 mastering EQs, a suite of Sonnox mastering plugins, a Universal Audio UAD-2 card and a Z-Systems Z-Q6 Digital EQ.

Ian states that the key to growing a business like Metropolis in a competitive market is down to perpetually creating new revenue streams. And with two large recordings studios, four mixing rooms, five mastering rooms and creative and production facilities that offer everything from tracking, mixing and mastering to high-end video and online and mobile content, the Metropolis Group has the experience, staff and facilities to serve as a creative hub for the music, film, TV and software industries.


Global expansion is the future of the Metropolis Group, according to Ian. The company plans to open offices in L.A. and Tokyo with a studio set to open in Doha in 2013. With this growth comes a universal mandate to keep its studios and audio equipment at the highest standard possible. Ian comments: “Being a world-class studio means we have to lead the way technologically. Historically, Metropolis has always been at the cutting edge of new technologies and audio innovation and we want to continue that tradition if not emphasize it more. We have an aggressive plan over the next three years to ensure we stay at the top of our game and that means substantial investment in new equipment.”

These efforts have only served to strengthen the business as Metropolis’ world-class engineers and state-of-the-art facilities continue to attract the likes of Lana Del Rey, Alicia Keys and will.i.am.


HHB Group Sales Director Steve Angel comments: “HHB has a long-standing relationship with Metropolis and we have always had great respect for the innovative business model that keeps the company at the forefront of the UK’s music recording and production markets. We are very proud to be partners with a company that is dedicated to staying ahead of the technology curve, and with Ian as MD the business can only go from strength to strength.”

HHB Communications Ltd.
Founded in 1976 and located in London, HHB Communications is a global leader in the supply of professional audio technology. Serving in the broadcast, recording and media production sectors, HHB’s unique expertise is also recognised by major manufacturers and innovators, many of which have appointed the company as exclusive distributors of their products. The specialist division, Scrub, serves the needs of the television and film post production industry from premises in the heart of London’s Soho.