Ian Cooper | Mastering Engineer
Ian Cooper's meteoric rise to mastering fame began when he started working
on Scully and Neumann systems at PYE studios.
In 1976, his reputation for pushing the boundaries in his chosen field led him
to Utopia, one of London's first luxury mastering studios. With Ian on board,
Utopia set the standard and blossomed. Regularly notching up some fifty per
cent of British chart music at the time.
In 1979 Richard Branson was among one of many to recognise Ian's talents
and enlisted him to set up the new Virgin cutting rooms. Turning the
Townhouse into one of Britain's leading mastering facilities. Ian was
instrumental in introducing half-inch analogue tape as well as DMM mastering
and 3M digital.
Onto the 1980s, and with singles such as Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer',
Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 'Relax', David Bowies' 'Scary Monsters' and Phil
Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' under his belt, Ian's ability to push the limits and
create such energy catapulted many a recording into another dimension.
Ian's dedication to his art brought him to Metropolis Mastering - drawn by the
team's commitment to challenge accepted standards of technical excellence
and client service. Ian's close involvement with the client in the mastering
process enables them to work together to perfect the recording at the final
Artists including Nick Cave, The Pretenders and Sade have all completed recent
albums with Ian and other regular clients include Van Morrison, Beverly Knight
and the Afro Celts.
From around Europe, Ian's portfolio includes French artists Maxime Les
Foristier, Les Rita Mitsouko, Era and Youssou N' Dour, Spanish artist Monica
Naranjo and Estopa and from Japan, Hotei and Coba.