Metric Halo

Metric Halo ULN-8

$ 4,495.00

Metric Halo ULN-8
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Metric Halo

Metric Halo ULN-8

$ 4,495.00

    • Retail Price: $4495.00

      Layman's Terms:

      Metric Halo ULN-8 is a high-end 8 Channel AD/DA converter with Firewire connectivity and DSP processing.  Whether you are in the studio or on the road the stability and quality of Metric Halo converters and software is hard to beat.  The Drivers are some of the most rock-solid on the market and the quality of the conversion is as pro as it gets.  The unit can used in stand-alone mode to operate as a high-quality AD/DA and or just as a 8 Channel Microphone Preamp.  The rear panel connections make this unit very flexible.  The ULN-8 uses DB-25 connectors that are compatible with Tascam/Digidesign pin out and are perfect for integrating into DB25 patchbays.  It also includes Metric Halo's 2d DSP platform, giving you the power to run multiple mixers and plug-ins inside the box.  Be sure to check out the Videos under the Media section to learn more about how powerful the Metric Halo ULN-8 really is!

      Gear Heads:

      The Metric Halo ULN-8 integrated design provides maximal performance with a minimum use of material and power.

      ULN-8 Key Benefits at a Glance 

      • Exceptional, Best–In–World, Archival Grade Converter Quality
      • Exceptional, Boutique–Quality Mic Preamps
      • 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 

      With everything you need to record, mix, process, and master audio (just add your DAW of choice and transducers), the ULN-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 ULN-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.

      All these features make for an impressive package, but we're just beginning. The ULN-8 is built around Metric Halo's 2d DSP platform, giving you the power to run multiple mixers and plug-ins inside the box. It also includes a full +DSP license, giving you the ability to create powerful mixing, sound design and master plug-ins. Beauty and brains, in 1RU.

      ULN-8 is the perfect tool for capturing audio wherever inspiration hits, in the studio or on the road. Well suited to any recording situation, you can record and edit on the road, in the hotel, on the airplane, or wherever inspiration hits. Use 3 ULN-8s chained together for 24 tracks of live concert recording with processing on all channels in 3 rack spaces. Location sound engineers can now capture the moment — anywhere, anytime.

      When you’re done recording, use the ULN-8 in the studio as an extremely high quality audio interface to transfer your tracks into a DAW. You’ll be amazed at the sound of this box! And weighing only 6 pounds, and a little larger than a laptop, you can be the first one out of the gig, with no hassle.

      The ULN-8’s archival grade inputs and outputs, coupled with Metric Halo’s exclusive Character processing, provide flexibility and sound quality unavailable on any other interface. You can transition from a wire-with-gain to a gooey tube pre with one click of the mouse, and every input can have the right character for the material you are recording.

      The ULN-8 is the only unit in its class with an on-board processing engine that supports fully instantiable processing, allowing you to use Metric Halo’s world-renowned signal processing effects without sacrificing your computer’s processing power or introducing any additional latency in your monitor path. From MIOStrip to HaloVerb, the ULN-8 comes with a full +DSP license that provides all the basic production processing you need — and more. And remember, this one rack space audio interface has the ability to run entirely from any DC power source (16V-30V), making it truly and completely mobile.

      A unique feature of the Mobile I/O system is that MIO’s work well individually or as a group. Mix and match ULN-8 with LIO-8 , 2882 and ULN-2 units to create a system that meets your needs for track count and preamp power. Adding a unit to the system organically increases the DSP power of the system, so that your DSP always scales with your I/O. Break your system up for small gigs when playing out or add the units of your mates to build a huge system when required. By standardizing on the Mobile I/O platform, each member of the band can have ultimate quality while working alone, and the band can have huge track counts when playing together. You can’t lose!


      As a standalone converter, the ULN-8 provides a 24bit/192kHz eight channel front-end with 8 world-class boutique-quality ULN mic pres for any recording system. It also functions seamlessly as an analog monitor controller, making it ideal as a digital headphone amp and studio monitor controller.

      The ULN-8 supports a variety of applications. For studio recording, it provides a very high quality interface to a DAW, offering sound processing or simple file transfer between workstations. Its exceptional sound quality makes it perfect as any studio’s primary analog to digital conversion and monitoring chain. Songwriters and engineers can use the ULN-8 to record and edit on the road, in the hotel, while traveling, or anywhere that inspiration strikes.

      The ULN-8 is suitable for broadcast applications, too. It offers instant playback of 8 individual stereo sends for music cues or sound effects, or smaller numbers of surround stems. The compact package and portable power features mean that the unit can go anywhere users need to work, and make on-site fixes or edit location recordings without the need to send files back to the studio, saving valuable time before air.

      • 8 Channels of Archival Grade 192k A/D converters
        • Exceptionally flat, low-distortion A/D conversion
        • DC-coupled for ultra-low phase distortion
      • 8 Channels of Archival Grade 192k D/A converters
        • Exceptionally flat, low-distortion D/A conversion
        • DC-coupled for ultra-low phase distortion
      • 2 Channels of Archival Grade 192k D/A converters with integrated headphone amp
        • Same high-quality DC-coupled conversion
        • Dedicated, digitally controlled high-power headphone amplifier
      • 8 Channels of Exceptional Remote Controllable Ultra-Low-Noise Clickless Preamps
        • Custom designed Digitally Controlled analog preamps
        • Metric Halo Zero-Cross switching technology for clickless operation
        • Discreet gain and trim stages for ultra-high headroom operation (supports +20 dBu input)
      • Analog Send/Return architecture for analog access to preamps (pre A/D)
        • Analog domain sends from preamps (mult'ed pre-A/D)
        • Analog only preamp operation capable (with fine trim)
        • Integrated switcher to allow insert of external analog processing pre-A/D
      • 2 Channels of Exceptional DI inputs suitable for instrument or turntable inputs
        • Ultra-High-Z for no instrument loading
        • Balanced or unbalanced operation
        • Jumper configurable pre-trim gain
      • Integrated Surround Monitor Controller
        • Provides switching between any set of user specified sources (FW, AES, Analog, Mix)
        • Analog domain gain control for monitor output from Front Panel or computer
        • Supports input and monitor paths from Mono to 7.1
      • 8 Channels of 192k capable AES Inputs and Outputs
        • Available as computer I/O or direct routed I/O for converters
        • Support full channel count at all sample rates
        • Professional interfacing
      • Comprehensive Front Panel Controls
        • Full support for standalone converter and preamp operation
          • Sample Rate selection
          • Clock source selection
          • Input source selection
          • Phantom power control
        • Tactile Control of Input and Output gains
          • Gain level indication with MH Digital Dual Vernier Technology
          • Numeric gain level indication while changing gains
        • Tactile Control Cans level
        • Tactile Control Monitor Controller gain (mono - 7.1)
        • Preset recall
        • Multichannel gain linking control
        • Monitor Controller control surface
        • User-controllable brightness
        • User-controllable knob sensitivity
      • Comprehensive, High Resolution 15 Segment Precision Front Panel Metering
        • Real, functional metering for analog inputs and outputs
        • Unique ‘Meter on knob’ functionality
        • Multi-color signal level/presence metering for AES inputs and outputs
      • Comprehensive Clocking (Internal, Word Clock, AES)
      • Dedicated internal clock sources for all rates
      • Dedicated MIDI I/O for Control Surface interfacing
        • MIDI Input and Output on standard DIN connectors
        • MIDI transported to computer via FireWire for use in connecting Mackie Control protocol Control Surfaces
      • Dedicated SMPTE LTC I/O for Timecode without sacrificing any audio channels
        • Properly conditioned and band-limited SMPTE I/O on TRS balanced connections
        • Available to any CoreAudio application as audio streams
        • Directly routable to Record Panel SMPTE decoder
      • Rock-solid, time-tested fifth-generation software and drivers
        • Integrated Mixing and Deep Instantiable DSP Processing (Includes Full +DSP License)
          • Fully configurable multibus mixer with surround support (up to 7.1)
          • Full Send/Return architecture
          • Ultra-low latency, on-the-metal monitoring
          • Insert model for inserting zero-latency plugins
          • Insertable +DSP plugin graphs for configurable processing
          • Insertable graph macros for complex, pre-configured processing
          • Includes over 100 high-quality processing plugins, including:
            • MIOStrip — channel strip processing
            • Dynamics (Compressor and Limiter)
            • Transient Controller
            • EQ (6 band and 12 band)
            • Signal Processing primitives
            • Crossovers
            • and much more…
          • Per-channel and Per-bus Insertable Character™
        • FireWire Interfacing with ultra-stable, ultra low-latency drivers (FW400 & FW800 supported)
          • Supports Mac OS X v. 10.4 and newer (PPC and Intel)
          • Supports 32-bit and 64-bit kernels
        • Bidirectional Control Surface Support
          • Integrated Front Panel Tactile Controls
          • Eucon Control Surfaces
          • Mackie Control Protocol Control Surfaces
        • Integrated Multichannel Recorder (Record Panel)
          • Multichannel, multi-box tape-style high-performance recorder
          • Exceptional Stability and Sound Quality
          • Realtime waveform display
          • Extensive File Format support (BWF, WAVE, CAF, AIFF, SD2)
          • BWF timestamping from TOD or LTC (any input channel or dedicated SMPTE input)
          • Support for basic BWF metadata
          • Support for limiting record file size and seamless file breaking
          • Seamless manual file breaking (with timestamping)
          • Support for mirrored recording (recording to two drives at once)
          • Multichannel take playback
      • DC-Powerable
      • High quality, custom designed formed powder-coated aluminum case
        • Strong
        • Light weight
        • Scratch and fingerprint resistant
        • Smooth contours for snag-free transportation in a gig-bag
        • Rack-mountable with included rack-ear kit
      • Exceptional Power Performance (only 32 Watts)
      • Low mass (6 lbs / 2.7 kg)
      • Extremely Compact (everything in 1 RU)
      • Future Proof, Expandable, and software-enhanceable