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Metric Halo LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor
A perfect choice for mastering, editing or recording from your analog devices, the LIO-8 is the next step in Metric Halo's modular interface line. Featuring the sonic heritage of the flagship ULN-8, the LIO-8 provides outstanding
sonic performance for line-level interfacing, processing and monitoring.

The LIO-8 has eight channels of A/D capable of 192kHz operation. Theconverters are fed by Metric Halo's third generation analog front end, with amazingly flat frequency and phase response as well as extremely low distortion.

The LIO-8 also features balanced sends for each analog input. This lets you integrate the LIO-8 into an analog workflow by providing an integrated "split" which can be used to feed a monitoring console, recorder or other device. There's a full complement of analog outputs - eight channels of digitally controlled analog outputs with full Monitor Controller integration as well as high quality headphone outputs.

Digital interfacing is provided by eight channels of AES I/O in singlewire mode. This gives you all eight channels at 192kHz operation, making the LIO-8 a perfect choice for demanding A/D/A needs.The front panel provides full control of sample rate, clocking, and input / output levels.

The front panel utilizes 495 multicolor LEDs to provide comprehensive metering and system feedback. Gain levels are shown using MH Digital Dual Vernier Technology, and levels are controlled via nine stepped encoders with integrated pushbuttons.

It's easy to use multiple interfaces together, making the LIO-8 a great choice for building a multichannel recording system. Three LIO-8's give you 24 channels of A/D/A conversion and 24 channels of AES I/O. Patch into your digital or analog console and you're ready to track.

Along with all the hardware goodness of the LIO-8, you also get all the software that Metric Halo products are known for. MIO Console provides software based control of the unit including the integrated Monitor Controller. The Record Panel provides a streamlined interface for multitracking, including BWF timecode support. ConsoleConnect gives you total recall of your MIO environment from any DAW. You get the 2d basic plug-in package, multiple multichannel mixers with support for mono to 7.1 mixing, multiple busses, arbitrary sends, insertable zero-latency plug-in processing, completely customizable mults, Metric Halo's exclusive Character processing and much more.

Keeping with Metric Halo's "Future Proof" philosophy, the LIO-8 can grow with your needs. Should you want to step up to our ULN-R mic preamps, you can add 4 or 8 channels (at purchase or retrofit). You can also add a +DSP license, which adds over 100 plug-ins and unleashes the full power of the 2d DSP processor.
  • 8 Channels of Archival Grade 192k A/D converters
  • 8 Channels of Archival Grade 192k D/A converters
  • 2 Channels of Archival Grade 192k D/A converters with integrated
  • headphone amp
  • 2 analog outputs on balanced TRS connectors
  • Analog Balanced Send architecture for onboard split
  • 2 Channels of Exceptional DI inputs suitable for instrument or
  • turntable inputs
  • Integrated Surround Monitor Controller
  • 8 Channels of 192k capable AES Inputs and Outputs
  • Comprehensive Front Panel Controls
  • Comprehensive, High Resolution 15 Segment Front Panel Metering
  • Comprehensive Clocking (Internal, WC, AES)
  • Dedicated internal clock sources for all rates
  • Dedicated MIDI I/O for Control Surface interfacing
  • Dedicated SMPTE LTC I/O
  • Rock-solid, time-tested fifth-generation software and drivers
  • Optional 4 or 8 Channels of ULN-R Preamps
  • Optional +DSP license
  • Specifications
    As with all Metric Halo products, the LIO-8 features an upgrade path. Or two.

    While the base configuration of the LIO-8 doesn't include mic pres, you can opt to have 4 or 8 channels of the same ULN-R mic pres as the ULN-8 included in your unit. The LIO can be ordered this way from the factory, or the pres can be installed later.

    You can also choose to upgrade your processing by adding the +DSP license, which adds over 100 plug-ins to your LIO and gives you the ability to create and save complex processing "graphs" as well as access to factory supplied "macros" including processors, amp simulators and more. You can find out more about +DSP here. Adding +DSP to your LIO is easy, just put the software license code into MIO Console and your box is unlocked.

    LIO-8 Key Benefits at a Glance

  • Exceptional, BestÂ-InÂ-World, Archival Grade Converter Quality
  • Flexible, Integrated Analog-Domain Monitor Controller
  • Universal Sample Rate Support
  • Analog, AES and Firewire Interfacing
  • Rock Solid Stability: Mature, Real-World-Tested Firmware, Software and Drivers
  • Instant Access to Tactile Controls
  • Fully digital control for total recall, remote control and control surface support
  • Comprehensive Precision Metering - so you always know what is going on
  • Works with or without a Computer
  • Metric Halo's Exclusive Per-channel selectable Character - from ultra clean to nice and gooey
  • Integrated ultra-low-latency instantiable processing with plenty of DSP power to run it
  • Most Compact, Lowest Weight, Lowest Power and Lowest Price in its Class

  • Suite Solution
    With everything you need to record, mix, process, and master audio (just add your DAW of choice, analog front end and transducers), the LIO-8 is your one-stop solution for recording, edit, mix and mastering suites. Even if you are using a DAW or recording system that does not support the LIO-8 Firewire interface, the unit's standalone operation and standard AES and analog interface allow you to use it as the Audio Front End and Monitor Controller for Pro Tools, standalone and PC based recording systems.

    The Ultimate Digital Upgrade
    The LIO-8 is a great way to upgrade your audio system. Put it between your existing gear and your DAW to get all of the benefits of our analog design, conversion technology and DSP without ripping your room apart. Adding a LIO to an analog console is like buying new converters and getting a digital mixer with total recall for free. Using our ConsoleConnect technology you can insert EQs, compressors, gates, reverbs and more into our v.5 Mixer and have all your routing and settings recalled with your DAW session.
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    Additional information
    For more information about the LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor, please visit the website of Metric Halo
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