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Metric Halo Stands Out For Future Proof Design Print E-mail


"...good design can increase the lifespan of a product and in the pro audio industry, there is one brand that stands out in this regard and that is Metric Halo.
...Anyone who has bought a Metric Halo interface in the last 18* years can upgrade it to modern-day specs." 


FEBRUARY 18, 2024 - Pro Tools Expert / Production Expert: In the article, "Why Do Brands Kill Off Perfectly Good Hardware? We Investigate," Mike Thornton (bio) details the many challenges pro audio manufacturers face when designing products that last.


In the "Good Design Can Extend The Lifespan of Audio Hardware" section of this article, Metric Halo design is given a shout-out for developing products that stand the test of time:


"However, good design can increase the lifespan of a product and in the pro audio industry, there is one brand that stands out in this regard and that is Metric Halo. Their interfaces have been designed so that key elements can be replaced so that when computer technology moves on, you only need to replace the port card, rather than the whole interface."

Francesco Passarelli Reviews the Metric Halo ULN-8 mkIV: An environmentally friendly, future-proof sound card, without compromises and with an analytical and precise sound! Print E-mail


Metric Halo ULN-8 mkIV: when you say Accurate Sound!

A “green” interface, no compromise with an analytical and precise sound!


Review by, Francesco Passarelli -

Translation by, Pierangelo Troiano
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ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 27, 2023: The reviewer was truly convinced that, to the present day, it’s almost impossible to make a converter/sound card sounding “bad” due to the high technology readily available at lower cost compared to 10 years ago… it could only be done by putting in all the worst intentions…


Till the beginning of the new millennium, every reviewer used to do esoteric tests to see how good an expensive device sounded enough to justify the cost.
This way of testing was left out, cause for the tech reasons mentioned before. There was little point in spending hours lookin’ for details more dependent on our taste than on quality... using a simple rating scale: it works, it sounds, it sounds good ☺…


Recently, to help a friend in choosing, he had to do some tests on cheap devices and he had to reconsider everything he thought: in the audio industry there are those who keep offering us something that sounds bad and/or has a very short life expectancy...


So, he says: ”... what a surprise, in the same period, to have the pleasure of testing, finally, a Metric Halo sound card!

Songwriter/Producer/Engineer DJ Bless Runs A Virtual "Metric Halo Console" With Metric Halo Production Bundle Of Plugins Print E-mail


SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: DJ Bless, who often goes by his darker alter-ego Sutter Kain, was a songwriter and producer first and only became known as a mix engineer when other musicians needed his help to achieve his signature “Ghetto Metal” sound. Now heading into his third decade in the industry, DJ Bless has worked under MCA Records, Capitol Records, and his own label, Never So Deep Records. He produces tracks for HBO and Elijah Wood’s horror movie company SpectreVision, among many others. Even with so much going on, DJ Bless still makes time for Sutter Kain originals. Citing Metric Halo’s ability to “be anything,” he used Metric Halo plugins for his forthcoming Kain full length Death Has Found Me.

Producer/Engineer Sterling Winfield Discovers The Analog Sound Of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip Print E-mail

Sterling_WinfieldSterling Winfield gained notoriety and respect early in his career for his contribution to Pantera's 1994, Grammy-nominated release, Far Beyond Driven. He's been on the first-call list ever since, and his production and engineering work with Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah, and many others has earned his work four Grammy-nominations, two RIAA-certified platinum releases, and five RIAA-certified gold releases. Among his favorite tools is Metric Halo's ChannelStrip plug-in, both for its decidedly "undigital" sound and for its inspiration-fueling workflow. He used ChannelStrip prodigiously on Hellyeah's recent Stampede, which debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 in July of 2010.

Marlan Barry Records Houston Grand Opera With Metric Halo’s ULN-8 Print E-mail

Marlan_BarryHOUSTON, TEXAS: Those who have read the book or watched the film Dead Man Walking, about death row, may find it unlikely material on which to base an opera. That is, unless they have their eyes on the classical art form's vibrant and living edge. Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Opera in 2000, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking received numerous awards and has been performed throughout the United States and around the world. In celebration of its ten-year anniversary, EMI records will be releasing veteran classical engineer Marlan Barry's recording of this performance with the Houston Grand Opera. Unlike his previous remote sessions, which involved titanic computer rigs with racks of outboard ballast, Barry brought a very modest setup that centered on his recently-acquired Metric Halo ULN-8 FireWire mic-pre/converter.

One of the Few Things Engineer Kyle Mann Can't Live Without: Metric Halo's ChannelStrip Print E-mail


BURBANK, CALIFORNIA: “Growing up, my family had a rule that everyone had to learn an instrument,” recalled engineer Kyle Mann. “I started on the cello at age five, but I always hated practicing. When I was eleven, I got a boom box that could record, so I recorded myself practicing and then played that back from my room instead of actually practicing. It was the moment that ended my career as a cellist and began my career as a recording engineer!” By all accounts, it appears to have been a smart move because today Mann owns three-room Speakeasy Sound in Burbank, California and navigates a packed schedule of recording, mixing, producing, and songwriting from Studio A and other studios around town. He has a longstanding collaboration with celebrated producer Theron "Neff-U" Feemster and an extensive list of satisfied clients, including Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Highly Suspect, and (currently) Leslie Odom Jr. Who knows if Mann would have been so successful as a cellist?

These days, Mann uses Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip 3 plugin on every vocal tracking session and most mixes.

Metric Halo Travels To Remote Corners Of The World To Record Some Of Its Rarest Music Print E-mail


SOUTHEAST ASIA: John Latartara received his doctoral degree in Theoretical Studies from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently an associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi. With interests and aptitudes neatly divided among the three complementary activities of composition, research, and teaching, Latartara makes extensive personal and professional use of his Metric Halo ULN-2 FireWire interface. The ULN-2, which combines peerless mic preamps, converters, and recording software integration, forms the heart of his home studio, where he creates electronic and experimental music (releases on Sachimay, Centaur, and Visceralmedia Records). But the ULN-2 also travels with Latartara to points far and remote in support of his research. Most recently, Latartara has been traveling throughout Southeast Asia to document the rare, and slowly vanishing, music of the Tai Dam people. 

Metric Halo Donates Two MH Production Bundles To Benefit Seattle Composers Alliance's 2015 Spring Fling Print E-mail


SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Metric Halo proudly sponsors the Seattle Composers Alliance 2015 Spring Fling, with the donation of two MH Production Bundles for their online auction.

"The SCA is a non-profit group of professional composers, students and others interested in composing for film, video games and other media as well as concert works. We present a variety of educational and networking events throughout the year, and will soon hold our annual fundraiser to support these efforts," says Brian Monroney, guitarist, composer, long-time Metric Halo user and Seattle Composers Alliance Board Member.

Metric Halo Goes To The Theater Print E-mail

Paul_KavickyCOLUMBUS, OHIO: As the owner and operator of Paper Street Audio Company, Paul Kavicky has carved a satisfying niche for himself in the world of major theatrical productions, where he serves as production audio engineer and, beyond that, guru of all things audio. Indeed, his latest appointment with the Threesixty Theater's production of Peter Pan has placed him at the FOH position for over 350 shows spanning four cities throughout the US in over a year-and-a-half. Much of Kavicky's work back at his well-appointed home studio is related to the theater, creating and recording sound effects and voiceovers. After a thorough search of the available solutions, Kavicky leapt at Metric Halo's FireWire interfaces. Citing superior audio quality, a road-worthy build, and rock-solid driver support, he outfitted Paper Street Audio Company with six Metric Halo interfaces with eight inputs/outputs each: four 2882s, one LIO-8, and one top-of-the-line ULN-8.

It's Metric Halo for Hulu's Catch 22 Print E-mail


Sound Designer Maurizio Argentieri Used Metric Halo’s Rock-Solid 3d System (with ULN-8 3d and 2882 3d Hardware) to Record and Mix 32 channels on the Set of Hulu’s Catch 22

SARDINIA, ITALY: When veteran sound designer Maurizio Argentieri was asked to record all the production sound for the modern Hulu miniseries adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel Catch 22, he surmised that it would be a difficult but rewarding assignment.

Catch 22 is the story of a World War II bombardier who is trapped by a twisted bureaucracy, and much of the action takes place on an air force base.

Filmed on the old Olbia Airport (Venafiorita) in Sardinia Italy, Argentieri not only had to capture all of the gritty ambient sounds together with highly-intelligible dialog, but also had to deliver pre-fader tracks and several different immediate mixes for different purposes.

After updating his truly future-proof Metric Halo interfaces (a five-year-old ULN-8 and a fifteen-year-old 2882) to work seamlessly with the very latest in digital connectivity via Metric Halo’s 3d hardware upgrade, Argentieri had sixteen analog inputs, eight digital inputs, and as many zero-latency output tracks and sub-mixes as he needed. Moreover, his Metric Halo interfaces and their MIO Console control software have the kind of rock-solid stability that guaranteed long days of perfectly reliable performance.

“I needed a powerful recording system that would allow me to record a large number of actors and a large number of ambient tracks and that would give me lots of mix-down capabilities on the fly,” Argentieri explained.


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