METRIC HALO LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor +DSP

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FW interface with expanded +DSP.

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. 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.

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, 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 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.

  • LIO-8/4p - Astonishing
  • Archival Grade Converter Quality
  • Rock Solid Stability
  • Works with or without a computer

Incredibly versatile, great sounding conversion system. order today.


LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor +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 Î

    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 kÎ
    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 MÎ
    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): 75Î 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

    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

    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

    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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