METRIC HALO LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor w/4 Preamp +DSP

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FW interface with expanded +DSP processing.

When Metric Halo introduced the ULN-8, people raved about the sonic quality, the features, and the power of the architecture. Many reports, however, were from studio owners and engineers whose studios were equipped with their own "go to" mic pres, people that use analog consoles, and those that edit but don't record. They loved the ULN-8 too, but didn't need the mic pres. For those customers, Metric Halo designed the LIO-8. This unit ships with the +DSP expansion (described below).

The LIO-8 incorporates the same Metric Halo Audio technologies in the ULN-8 including:

192k sample rate support for both Analog and AES Inputs and Outputs
New DC-coupled, zero phase distortion, servo balanced Line Inputs and Outputs
Fully clickless remote controlled Monitor outputs
All LIO-8 analog outputs incorporate Metric Halo clickless remote technology allowing for flexible monitoring applications from stereo to 7.1 surround.

Expandability
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.

This item includes 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.

LIO-8 Key Benefits at a Glance
Exceptional, Best–In–World, Archival Grade Converter Quality
Flexible, Integrated Analog-Domain Monitor Controller
Universal Sample Rate SupportAnalog, AES and Firewire Interfacing
Rock Solid Stability: Mature, Real-World-Tested Firmware, Software and Drivers
Instant Access to Tactile ControlsFully 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 gooeyIntegrated 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 Metric Halo's ConsoleConnect technology you can insert EQs, compressors, gates, reverbs and more into the v.5 Mixer and have all your routing and settings recalled with your DAW session.

Features

  • LIO-8/4p - Astonishing
  • Archival Grade Converter Quality
  • 4 Channels of the ULN-8s boutique-quality mic preamps.
  • Rock Solid Stability
  • Works with or without a computer
  • Best in its Class
  • Unleash the processing power in your TEC Award Winning LIO-8 interface with +DSP!
  • Add 100+ Plug-ins and the ability to create your own secret weapon processors that can be inserted on demand, with Metric Halos +DSP License for Mobile I/O.
 

LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor w/4 Preamp +DSP Specifications:

  • Analog Rails (low power): ±9.9 Volts
  • Analog Rails (high power): ±12.6 Volts
  • Maximum I/O Levels (Balanced)
  • Peak Line Output @ 0 dBFS (no jumper/low power): +18.5 dBu
  • Peak Line Output @ 0 dBFS (output jumper/low power): +22.0 dBu
  • Peak Line Output @ 0 dBFS (output jumper/high power): +24.5 dBu
  • Analog Send Max Output: +21.5 dBu
  • Line In Max Input: +24.5 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 5 Ω
  • Monitor Controller
  • Nominal FS output (Balanced) Output Jumper Off: -19.0 dBu
  • Nominal FS output (Balanced) Output Jumper On: -12.0 dBu
  • Maximum Output: Same as Line
  • Gain Range: -96 dB to +30 dB
  • Gain Precision: ±0.05 dB
  • Gain Step: 0.5 dB
  • Line Input + ADC
  • Input Impedance: 10 kΩ
  • Dynamic Range (-60 dB, flat 0-22.05 kHz, typ): 115 dB
  • Dynamic Range (-60 dB, A-weighted, typ): 118 dB
  • Noise Floor (flat 0-22.05 kHz, typ): 115 dB
  • Noise Floor (A-weighted, typ): 117.9 dB
  • THD D/A/A/D loop @ -12 dBFS: 0.0005 %
  • THD D/A/A/D loop @ -0 dBFS: 0.0015 %
  • Crosstalk @ 1kHz: -127 dB
  • IMD 1k component (19 kHz/20kHz @ +8dBu): -104 dBu
  • Gain Range: -12 dB to +31.5 dB
  • Gain Precision: ±0.05 dB
  • Gain Step: 0.5 dB
  • Line Input + ADC Frequency Response
  • +0/-0.1dB @ fs = 44100 Hz: 5.7 Hz - 20.5 kHz
  • +0/-1.0dB @ fs = 44100 Hz: 1.8 Hz - 21.0 kHz
  • +0/-0.1dB @ fs = 96000 Hz: 5.7 Hz - 43.9 kHz
  • +0/-1.0dB @ fs = 96000 Hz: 1.8 Hz - 45.4 kHz
  • +0/-0.1dB @ fs = 192000 Hz: 5.7 Hz - 42.1 kHz
  • +0/-1.0dB @ fs = 192000 Hz: 1.8 Hz - 64.7 kHz
  • 5° low-end in-channel phase deviation point: 10.7 Hz
  • Interchannel phase 0 Hz - 20 kHz: < ±0.05°
  • Crosstalk from SMPTE Input: < -142 dB
  • Input Processing
  • M/S Decode: Instantiable
  • Parameteric EQ: Instantiable
  • Dynamics: Instantiable
  • Character: Instantiable
  • Reverb: Instantiable
  • Delay: Instantiable
  • Output Processing
  • M/S Encode: Instantiable
  • Parameteric EQ: Instantiable
  • Dynamics: Instantiable
  • Character: Instantiable
  • Reverb: Instantiable
  • Dither: Instantiable
  • Mix Foldown: Instantiable
  • Front Panel
  • Indicator LEDs (Bicolor): 495
  • Meters: 16
  • Segments per Meter: 15
  • Channel Encoder Knobs: 8
  • Encoders Have Shaft Push Buttoms: Yes
  • Monitor Controller Encoder Knobs: 1
  • Monitor Controller Mute: Yes
  • Monitor Controller Dim: Yes
  • Indicators Per Encoder: 16
  • Sample Rate Indicators: 6
  • Clock Source Indicators: 4
  • AES Clock Source Indicators: 4
  • AES Lock Indicators: 4
  • AES Input Signal Indicators: 4
  • AES Output Signal Indicators: 4
  • System Lock Indicator: 1
  • Firewire Indicator: 1
  • Front Panel Modes: 14
  • Headphone Output (Dedicated DAC): TRS Stereo
  • DI Inputs (2): TRS Balanced
  • DI Input Impedance: 10 MΩ
  • DI Input Fixed Gain (Jumper Selectable): 0/10/20 dB
  • DI Input Variable Gain: -12 dB to 31.5 dB
  • Power Switch (Jumper Defeatable): Toggle
  • Back Panel
  • MIDI Connectors (In and Out): 5-Pin DIN
  • SMPTE Connectors (In and Out): Balanced TRS
  • Word Clock Connectors (In and Out): 75Ω BNC
  • AES Connector (8 Channels In and Out): DB-25
  • AES Connector Pinout: Tascam/Digidesign Digital
  • Line Input Connector (8 Channels): DB-25
  • Line Input Pinout: Tascam/Digidesign Analog
  • Send Output Connector (8 Channels): DB-25
  • Send Output Pinout: Tascam/Digidesign Analog
  • Line/Monitor Output Connector (8 Channels): DB-25
  • Line/Monitor Output Pinout: Tascam/Digidesign Analog
  • Line/Monitor Mult Output Connectors (Analog 1/2): TRS Balanced
  • FireWire Connectors (2): 1394a 6-Pin
  • Power (Unswitched): 2.1mm Coaxial
  • Power (Switched): 4-Pin XLR
  • Security Slot: Kensignton
  • Software
  • Driver: CoreAudio Mac OS X
  • Mac OS X: 10.3.9 or newer
  • Architectures: PPC, Intel
  • MIO Console: Included
  • Record Panel: Included
  • LTC Decoder: Included
  • Mixer: Included
  • +DSP License: Optional
  • Power
  • Voltage: 14v - 28v
  • Power: 24 Watts
  • FireWire Bus Powerable: No
  • Passes FireWire Bus Power: Yes
  • Supplies FireWire Bus Power: No
  • External Supply (Input): I00-240VAC
  • External Supply (Max Input Current): 1.2 A
  • External Supply (Output): 24 VDC
  • External Supply (Max Output Current): 2.0 A
  • External Supply Connector: 4-Pin XLR
  • Case
  • Material: Powder Coated Aluminum
  • Fasteners: 3mm Phillips Head
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Weight: 2.7 kg
  • Dimensions: 17" x 13" x 1.72"
  • Dimensions: 432 x 330 x 44 mm
  • Rack Ears (included): Powder Coated Steel
  • Rear Rack Mounts: Available
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